A Malaysian company that came to Liberia and acquired huge land space, promised to plant about 20,000 hectares to do Liberia proud by investing in oil palm is today embroiled in controversy and internecine conflict.
Today, more than a quarter of all the land in Liberia is leased or owned by logging, mining, or factory-style agriculture companies. Nothing is wrong with that — unless you happen to be one of the people who used to live on that land.
Normal work at the Sime Darby Plantation in western Liberia has been stalled for the second week running, as workforce presses for better salaries and improved working conditions, having accused management of bad labor practice.
Leurs terres cédées par le gouvernement aux planteurs malaisiens et indonésiens, des paysans du Liberia dénoncent des accords qui les ignorent: après 15 ans de guerre civile, des nouvelles luttes s'annoncent.
Liberia is selling itself slice by slice nine years after a terrible civil conflict finally came to an end, even though that could kindle tension among a population that often feels it is being sold out.
From a a palm oil plantation run by a Malaysian company, Sime Darby, the Today programme's Evan Davis looked into whether lands deals are a route into better life, or a signing away of the nation's wealth.