Deal #1167

Location #1

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Administrative region
Location
Niari, Congo

Target country
Congo, Rep.
Comment on location
Nyari Vallée as additional location exact coordonates (-3.743889, 12.504722). 180 kilometres from the port of Pointe-Noire.

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
200000
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2013] 50000
Size in operation (production, in ha)
[2013] 2500
Comment on land area
The contract mentions a first share of 80 000 with extension to 200 000 ha. 50,000ha of this have been obtained in 2013. The initial intention was 10 million ha.Apparently there were several agreements: According to Hall (LDPI) “In October 2009 the government of the Congo signed an agreement with AgriSA in terms of which it allocated to a consortium of South African commercial farmers an initial area of 200,000 hectares of former state farms, with the option of expanding to 10 million hectares. (…) Although initially mooted as a 99-year lease, it appears that a renewable 30 year lease was signed (…) on 8 May 2010, the governments of South Africa and Congo concluded a new bilateral investment treaty, expanding the terms of pre-existing cooperation agreements dating from 2003 and 2005 (...) Next, pro forma ‘Government to Farmer’ contracts were drawn up by AgriSA and Congo authorities (…) The first contracts for 88,000 hectares, were concluded between the South African farmers and the Congolese Ministries of Agriculture, Livestock and Land at a ceremony at Point-Noire on 10 March 2011.” (1167_7: 5 ff.)

Intention of investment

Intention of the investment
Biofuels, Food crops, Livestock, Renewable Energy

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2013] Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
48000ha in Malolo district, divided into 30 farms. Remaining 32000ha to be assigned in different district. One data source states that the contract was concluded in 2009.

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2013] In operation (production)
Comment on implementation status
In 2013 2,500ha of maize was grown

Contract farming

Contract farming
No

Contract #1

Duration of the agreement (in years)
30

Operating company

Operating company
Name of investment project
Malolo Farm
Comment on investment chain
Ag coop formed as result of a bi-lateral agreement between Agri SA (South Africa), and the Government of the Republic of Congo. One report states that Afgri assisted with some of the initial finance.

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2010-01-01
Comment on data source
GLP Report, International Project Office and authors

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2010-03-12
Comment on data source
Farmland Grab- South Africa Congo Land Grab: Exploitation or Salvation?

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2009-10-09
Comment on data source
Bloomberg Business- South African Farmers Offered Land in Angola, Uganda

Data source #4

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2009-01-01
Comment on data source
Agter- Republique Du Congo: Accaparement des Terres

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2009-10-19
Comment on data source
Farmland Grab- Razzia sur les terres agricoles

Data source #6

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2011-04-06
Comment on data source
LDPI: The next Great Trek? South African commercial farmers move north, Ruth Hall. Paper presented at the International Conference on Global Land Grabbing

Data source #7

Data source type
Personal information

Data source #8

Data source type
Company sources
File
Comment on data source
Company website

Data source #9

Data source type
Media report
File
Comment on data source
Africa Project Access Newsletter Issue 234, November 2014

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Health
Education
Productive infrastructure (e.g. irrigation, tractors, machinery...)
Capacity Building
Comment on promised benefits for local communities
Agricultural training center at the project.

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
State

Former land use

Former land use
Smallholder agriculture

Former land cover

Former land cover
Cropland

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Cereals (unspecified), Rice, Soya Beans, Sugar Cane, Wheat
Livestock area
Cattle, Poultry

Use of produce

Has domestic use
Yes
Domestic use
100

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes
Comment on in country processing of produce
FOD (Food processing (no specification));MLK (Milk production)

Water extraction envisaged

Water extraction envisaged
Yes
Comment on water extraction envisaged
Water tanks have been installed

Overall comment

Overall comment
Initial rumours of 10 Million ha. Current status is only 200,000ha of which 80,000ha has been agreed on in the initial phase and of this 50,000ha has been signed over to South African farmers in 2013.

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