SOCFIN

Sierra Leone Up for Grabs

 

Last October, 100 farmers gathered to protest against the Sierra Leone branch of the multinational corporate agribusiness giant, Socfin. The farmers were furious over the company's lack of transparency, its refusal to consult with local communities, its miserly compensation for dispossessed farmers, and its brazen pressuring of local leaders.

Sierra Leone Up for Grabs

Last October, 100 farmers gathered to protest against the Sierra Leone branch of the multinational corporate agribusiness giant, Socfin. The farmers were furious over the company's lack of transparency, its refusal to consult with local communities, its miserly compensation for dispossessed farmers, and its brazen pressuring of local leaders.

Sierra Leone: Resisting Land Deals

 

AfricaFocus Bulletin
(Reposted from sources cited below)

Editor's Note

"While the government of Sierra Leone says it is now supporting farmers with its smallholder commercialization program, at the same time it is promoting massive foreign direct investment in farmland in the country. It claims this will not harm smallholders or food security. ... Participants at the conference [of affected land owners and land users] strongly disagreed." - The Oakland Institute

Sierra Leone: Popular Resistance and Corporate Landgrabbing in Sierra Leone

 

INTERVIEW

A new report from the Oakland Institute examines a controversial land investment deal in Sierra Leone. Pambazuka News caught up with Oakland Institute Policy Director Frederic Mousseau to find out why the report has attracted so much attention.

PAMBAZUKA NEWS: Early April, Oakland Institute released a new land deal brief. Tell us about it.

Sierra Leone: Accaparement des Terres, Bolloré en Cause

Le groupe français Bolloré est mis en cause dans un rapport d’Oakland Institute, une ONG basée en Californie spécialiste du phénomène d'accaparement des terres. En Sierra Leone, le groupe s’installe sur 6 500 hectares pour produire de l’huile de palme.

Sierra Leone: Local Resistance Grows as Investors Snap up Land

Farmers and activists are increasing pressure on the government to be more transparent about large-scale land deals with foreign firms and to make sure local communities benefit.

A New Report Exposes French Tycoon’s Land Grab In Sierra Leone

In yet another exposé of exploitative practices associated with large-scale land acquisitions, the Oakland Institute examines Socfin Agricultural Corporation Sierra Leone (Socfin), controlled by the powerful French corporate titan Vincent Bolloré.


How a Tycoon is Grabbing Land in Sierra Leone

J C Suresh 

TORONTO (IDN) - A new report by the eminent Oakland Institute exposes a French tycoon's exploitative land grab practices in Sierra Leone. It details a pattern of coercion, lack of consultation, and failure to fairly compensate Sierra Leonean landowners who have been pressured into ceding their land to the Socfin Land Investment corporate giant.

 

Press Release: A New Report Exposes French Tycoon's Land Grab in Sierra Leone

In yet another exposé of exploitative practices associated with large-scale land acquisitions, the Oakland Institute examines Socfin Agricultural Corporation Sierra Leone (Socfin), controlled by the powerful French corporate titan Vincent Bolloré.

Agricultural Investment or Land Grab in Sierra Leone?

In 2011, Socfin Agricultural Company Sierra Leone Ltd. (Socfin SL) sealed a $100 million deal securing 6,500 hectares of farmland for rubber and oil palm plantations in Malen chiefdom in Pujehun district in the south of Sierra Leone. The Socfin investment, however, does not have support of the local population. In October 2011, 40 villagers were arrested following a peaceful protest. 

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