For this looks like one of he great opportunities of our time.
Ethiopia\’s great land lease project is moved swiftly ahead. In an effort to introduce large-scale commercial farming to the country, the government is offering up vast chunks of fertile farmland to local and foreign investors at almost giveaway rates. By 2013, 3m hectares of idle land is expected to have been allotted – equivalent to more than one fifth of the current land under cultivation in the country.
Leasing out idle land on long (50 year) leases so as to kick start commercial farming in the country.
Very much what Paul Collier would suggest.
Introducing new technology, making money and feeding the poor?