Sierra Leone Land Rights Defenders say SOCFIN's land acquisition in Malen has resulted in serious conflict with local landowners, who face intimidation and harassment for defending their land rights and challenging the company.
Proponents of land rights in Sierra Leone note with grave concern the human rights violations against members of the Malen Affected Landowners and users Association who were dispossessed of their land by the agro–based multinational SOCFIN.
Save My Future Foundation is calling for a separate regulator for large-scale concessions in Liberia it says will guarantee the rights of rural communities, protect concessionaires and increase government revenue.
Edo State Governor tells delegation of World Bank's IFC that his government is in discussions with the Central Bank of Nigeria to develop a programme to provide investors with 100,000 ha of agricultural land for plantations.
The decision by the Supreme Court's Court of Appeal gives the green light to Stanbic Bank Plc to dispose off Karuturi Limited assets as foreclosure to defaulted loans totaling to Ksh. 621 million in the flower farm's pre-receivership
Details are just emerging of the scale of the recent disturbances in Sahn Malen chiefdom in Southern Sierra Leone. There are disputes between local land owners and a European agribusiness company, SOCFIN. BBC reporter Umaru Fofana went to the area with a group of human rights activists and sent this special report from Pujehun.
At least two villagers killed and dozens of others are in hiding or being held by police in Malen, Sierra Leone following a brutal intervention by police and military to suppress local protests against SOCFIN's oil palm plantation operations.
A new Oakland Institute report details how the Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project promotes large-scale land acquisitions and the expansion of agribusinesses in the developing world.