GreenWorld (BVI) "brings unique African farmland investment to the retail market"

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Release Date: 2011-06-06

Direct Farmland Investment– Without Becoming a Farmer!

GreenWorld (BVI) Brings Unique African Farmland Investment to the Retail Market

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Boutique investment firm GreenWorld (BVI) announced that it now is able to offer individuals a unique African farmland investment opportunity. GreenWorld (BVI)’s farmland investment offering is located in the African country of Sierra Leone, and it believes it is the first one in African farmland accessible by individuals, with a minimum investment requirement of only £1,950/hectare for high quality farmland that has already begun producing.

Food prices have exploded in the last few years, and the United Nations recently estimated that global food production will need to grow 70% by 2050. With population expected to surge from 6 billion people today to 9.1 billion in 2050, and the amount of arable farmland in the world actually on a downward trend, many commentators believe farmland investment is the trade of the century.

Not surprisingly, there has been a huge surge of farmland investment by large institutions such as Sovereign Wealth funds, especially in African farmland.

“60% of the world’s remaining untilled arable farmland is in Africa,” stated Peter Thompson, MD of GreenWorld (BVI), “and this is where we feel the greatest gains from farmland investment will come in the future.”

Many development experts, however, are increasingly concerned that many of the African farmland investments seen recently are exploitive, with food produced purely for export whilst the local population receives no benefit and is frequently pushed off ancestral farmlands.

GreenWorld (BVI)’s farmland investment, however, was specifically designed to be both profitable as well as socially responsible. Thompson noted that all of the rice crop from the farmland investment is sold locally within the country, that the local population makes up almost the entire workforce, and that a substantial community investment program exists to build local schools, roads and health clinics, making the project a win-win for both investors and the local population.

Original source: Greenworld BVI
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4 Comments


  1. FraudRadar
    30 Oct 2012

    Talk about red flags and blaring whistles! This outfit has failed to list its owners and management on its website and has offered no audited statement of its performance. That is simply bizarre. Run.

  2. Rural Modernity
    09 Aug 2012

    Indeed, the track record for these types of UK-based investment groups has been horrendous. Recently, 'boiler room' groups 'operating out of West Africa' (e.g. Sustainable Agroenergy, the Insight Group) have come under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office for misleading investors. Registered in the Virgin islands, no physical address, and no details about its executive or the organization's history. Sounds fishy. They should publish the land lease agreement, certificate of incorporation in Sierra Leone, and independently audited financial statements for anybody to consider putting their money in such a scheme.

  3. Lance
    08 Aug 2012

    Josh, What credibility does Greenworld have? How can one be assured this is not a scam? I have tried to contact greenworld 5 times with no response. Can you give me a business back ground for your company.

  4. Reply from GreenWorld (BVI)
    16 Jun 2011

    Hi: I am with GreenWorld (BVI) - www.greenworldbvi.com. Doe to the editors comments on the above saying "this is an example of what is going on", I can only assume they disapprove of this investment and consider it part of the "African farmland grab". However, I would respectfully wish to respond on this point regarding our investment. I actually really enjoy this blog and agree with the basic premise regarding the land grabs going on. However, I hope the editors do understand that not every land investment is exploitative. In our case, i would respectfully like to point out the following: 1) This is a small investment in rice farming, not some huge deal. 2) This was negotiated directly with the local villages and leaders in the area, this was NOT through the central Government in any way. We do understand that many land deals on the continent are with the central Government, with the local population having no say and then being removed from the land. This deal also involved land that was not being used for farming at all, either by the local population or anyone else. 3) ALL of the rice crop is being sold locally within Sierra Leone, nothing is exported. This promotes food security internally, since Sierra Leone only produces about 65% of the rice they need. 4) The entire workforce, with the exception of outside agricultural expert from South Africa, are locals. They are also paid fair wages. This project has bought jobs to the area, and again, NO ONE was removed from their land. 5) There is also a community re-investment program, and already one local clinic has been built. Money is NOT going into the pockets of Government officials and the like. 6) Our partners in this project are actually looking to list it on a special "impact investing" online exchange, who CEO has already reviewed it and told us that it was a perfect example of sustainable agriculture. Again, I do understand that there is much land-grabbing going on in Africa, but just wanted to point out that not every investment is like that, and certainly not our own. Respectfully, Josh Cohn GreenWorld (BVI) www.greenworldbvi.com [email protected]

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