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The Associated Press February 10, 2011 by Martin Vogl

Bamako, Mali

An opposition party in Mali wrote to the country’s president demanding that details of contracts leasing out massive areas of agricultural land be made public. In the letter shared with The Associated Press Wednesday, the Party for  National Renaissance said since 2003 almost 2 million acres of farm land have been leased out in secret contracts to Chines, Libyan and South African firms…Bakary Kante, an adviser to the Malian prime minister on agricultural issues, said the government has been promoting private investment because multinationals can afford to finance-much-needed infrastructure for the country. Read more