Wealthy nations flock to farmland in Ethiopia, locking in food supplies grown half a world away, with alarming implications for hunger in Ethiopia, critics say

by Stephanie McCrummen

A mother feeds her malnourished child in the malnutrition ward in a hospital in the town of Kebri Dehar, in the Somali region of Ethiopia. Photo: David Bebber/The Times

BAKO, ETHIOPIA — In recent months, the Ethiopian government began marketing abroad one of the hottest commodities in an increasingly crowded and hungry world: farmland.