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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
some key assumptions behind the acquisition of farmland in Sierra Leone, to promote informed public
debate. This first briefing note looks into land “availability” in Sierra Leone. 

 

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Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 09:15

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