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Is our country part of the “wild west”? A moratorium on large-scale land leases for agriculture is urgently needed in Sierra Leone.

In November 2012 the head of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned that large-scale land deals are undermining food security. He compared "land grabs" in Africa to the "wild west", saying a "sheriff" is needed to restore the rule of law.  And just recently, World Bank President Dr. Tim Yong Ki echoed concerns about the risks associated with large-scale land deals, noting that, “Securing access to land is critical for millions of poor people.

Early Warning: Fears of Tension Around Foreign Investment in Oil Palm and Rubber Plantation in Malen Chiefdom, Pujehun District

According to media sources and the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA), Green Scenery gathers that foreign investor Socfin Agricultural Company Sierra Leone Limited is investing 100 million US dollars in rubber and oil palm plantations in the Malen chiefdom in Pujehun District in the south of Sierra Leone. Socfin Agricultural Company Sierra Leone is a subsidiary of the Belgian corporation, Socfin.

The Socfin Land Deal Missing Out On Best Practices Report on Fact finding Mission to Malen Chiefdom, Pujehun District, Sierra Leone

Green Scenery conducted an inquiry in Malen chiefdom in the Pujehun District 22-24 April 2011 to investigate
allegations of stakeholders around the land deal of Socfin Agriculture Company Sierra Leone Ltd (Socfin SL). Issues
raised related to transparency, consultations, resettlement, and pressure on land owners to sign agreements.  
Enjoying high government support, Socfin commenced work in April with land lease period of 50 years and
leasehold on about 7,000 hectares of prime farmland in Malen chiefdom for rubber and oil palm plantation. The

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