This report is part of the Oakland Institute’s (OI) seven-country case study project to document and examine
land investment deals in Africa (Ethiopia, Mali, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, and Zambia) in
order to determine social, economic, and environmental implications of land acquisitions in the developing
The research team conducted a thorough examination of the actual agreements and the extent and distribution
of specific land deals. Through field research, involving extensive documentation and interviews with local
informants, multiple aspects of commercial land investments were examined including their social, political,
economic, and legal impacts.
The report provides background on the institutional and political context of the country, the current
macroeconomic situation, the state of food and agriculture, and the current investment climate. Additionally,
it documents detailed information regarding four land investment deals currently being carried out in Sierra


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