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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
company seeks more land in neighboring chiefdoms. 12,000 hectares should make the USD 100,000,000.00
investment economically viable. 
Green Scenery’s significant conclusion is the lack of transparency in which information was not timeously and fully
provided in a way that would be understood and that consultative processes were faulty and excluded key
stakeholders at chiefdom and district levels. Alternatives to large scale plantations were not explored. Tension
amongst families, political representatives, and in communities is emerging.  

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 15:15

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