Cinq membres sierra-léonais d'une ONG locale (MALOA), qui avaient contesté la manière dont le groupe Bolloré a acheté des terres pour les plantations d'huile de palme dans leur région, sont accusés d'avoir détruit des plants de palmiers.
Five members of Malen Affected Land Owners Association arrested by police for allegedly destroying oil palms of Luxembourg-based SOCFIN say they are being unfairly targeted by those profiting from the plantation.
Farmers in Bombali and Tonkolili districts in northern Sierra Leone have said that land grabbing by multi-national companies and massive timber logging are some of the barriers to sustainable agriculture in the two districts.
Joan Baxter profiles Indian national Chinnakannan Sivasankaran and his quest to make his Siva Group into the largest player in the production of palm oil by leasing land and establishing oil palm plantations from Papua New Guinea to Sierra Leone to South America.
The UK Financial Conduct Authority has taken Sierra Leone farmland investor Capital Alternatives to the High Court for “promoting and/or operating collective investment schemes (CISs) in the UK illegally and without our authorisation”.