"Land grabs for the growing of food is a rather new phenomenon, having begun in the last decade. Countries like Saudi Arabia, which has a shortage of arable land, has gone to Africa (a relatively short distance away) to purchase or lease land for growing of food for its populace, and China is doing likewise. But authoritarian governments are not the only ones to seek land in other countries for their own purposes. Belgium and other European countries are involved in the land grabs, too."
I admit I was unfamiliar with this phenomenon when I was reading this piece. Until I googled it.