The jobs and development promised to rural communities by investors who inked deals with the Liberian government in the late 2000s have failed to materialize in the wake of land disputes and conflicts.
In a complaint filed today, 22 Liberian indigenous villagers say the Salala Rubber Corporation is using World Bank money to expand and operate its Liberian plantations through illegal land grabs, sexual violence and intimidation of human rights defenders.
One of the key proposals is the establishment of 50 new large-scale farms of 2,500 acres or more that will be funded, owned and operated by the private sector, in a plan aimed at unlocking up to 500,000 acres.
Al introducir un indicador de tierra en el proyecto EBA (Facilitando los Negocios en la Agricultura por sus siglas en inglés) el Banco ha creado un instrumento para prescribir reformas de políticas que facilitarán el acceso a la tierra para la agroindustria.
By scoring countries in terms of ease of accessing land for agribusiness, the World Bank's new EBA land indicator seeks to accelerate land privatization and to facilitate corporate access to land in developing countries.
The collapse of the Bukanga Lonzo agro-industrial park pilot makes it clear that agro-industrial parks are a false solution to the challenges faced by DRC and Africa when it comes to food, agriculture, and poverty alleviation.
World Bank is launching an unprecedented attack on the commons by pushing privatisation of customary and public land and its sale by auction to the highest bidder. The land indicator’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture rankings prescribes policy reforms to ease access to land for agribusiness.