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Update on Status of Land Grab in Rural Senegal by Senhuile SA

May 23, 2014

Last month, Oakland Institute released a report about the 37 villages in the rural Ndiael region of Senegal who had their land illegally confiscated by Senhuile, an Italian-Senegalese agribusiness project. We have an update on the issue. Benjamin Dummai, the CEO of Senhuile, was fired by the company's board of directors this past week and was arrested by Senegalese authorities. According to the local press, Dummai is accused of embezzling nearly 300,000 euros. Frédéric Rousseau, the Policy Director at the Oakland Institute, gives RFI's Laura Angela Bagnetto an update on the palm oil project that has occupied 20,000 hectares in northern Senegal.