In the early 1970s, Somalia presented the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) an opportunity to invest in a 500-hectare farm west of Mogadishu. The farm originally belonged to an Italian businessman, and he sold it before permanently leaving the country. Somalia facilitated the project by allowing the import of the required equipment to operate the farm, free of tax. Somalia became the first country that the PLO earmarked for investment, and their acquired farm was subsequently known as the ‘Palestine Farm’ in Somalia, producing sesame and bananas. The dependency on that farm was so crucial that one PLO associate remarked: “Bananas from Somalia helped feed us during the (Lebanese civil) war.” (Asiaweek, 1980).