Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi
Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi is an Indian engineer with a burning desire to feed the people of Africa, from Africa.
Already the world’s biggest rose supplier, Karuturi now wants to become the world’s largest food producer. His goal is to acquire and cultivate 3 million hectares – roughly the size of Belgium – of commercial farmland. Most of it will be in Africa, and that’s where he expects that most of his product will be consumed. He already has a $400 million contract with the Djibouti government to supply 40,000 tonnes of rice per year for the next 20 years, and expects even larger contracts with other African nations seeking to replace imports from Asia.
"Companies are investing in India for services, and they are flocking to China for manufacturing. But if you want to grow food you have to be in Africa"