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LAND INVESTMENT DEALS IN SIERRA LEONE Great expectations – but can the foreign investors in land really deliver?

 
The on-going wave of foreign investment in farmland around the world and especially in Africa has
sparked heated debate. Proponents say that this is “agricultural investment’ that will bring benefits to
local people and development. Critics call it a “land grab” that will hurt African food security and
farmers. This, Green Scenery press briefing on large land acquisitions by foreign investors in Sierra
Leone, examines some of the benefits promised by those promoting the land deals. And it asks - in view of

Reality check - how much arable land is really “available” for foreign investors in Sierra Leone?

In 2009 alone, the World Bank estimates that around the world, 56 million hectares of farmland – an area
seven times the size of Sierra Leone – were acquired by large-scale investors. More than two-thirds of this
demand for farmland is in Africa. This wave of land acquisitions has been hailed by some as a “win-win”
situation that can bring agricultural and economic development to the continent, while critics of the trend
describe it as neo-colonial “land-grabbing”. In this series of press briefings, Green Scenery examines

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