Deal #1230

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Omo, Ethiopia

Target country
Ethiopia
Comment on location
South of Hana, close to the Kenyan border, I find Omorate, a big, dry village on the banks of the Omo River

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
30000
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2007] 30000
Size in operation (production, in ha)
440
Comment on land area
according to the land matrix errors sheet: Now owns 15,000 ha, used to be 30,000, but they lost half for failure to develop. Yet according to the Oakland institute Fri El works 60000 ha. 320 hectares planted with palm and 120 hectares growing maize

Intention of investment

Intention of the investment
Biofuels, Food crops, Agriculture unspecified
Comment on intention of investment
Managing Director of the company states that plantations were turning into extensive food crops (soy, maize, sugar cane and palm oil). However this was met with criticism.

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2007] Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
Contract might have been concluded in 2006.

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2012] Startup phase (no production)

Leasing fees

Annual leasing fee
170000
Annual leasing fee currency
Ethiopian Birr
Annual leasing fee type
for specified area
Purchase price area
30000

Contract farming

Contract farming
No

Contract #1

Duration of the agreement (in years)
70

Number of domestic jobs created

Jobs created (domestic)
Yes
Planned employees (domestic)
1800
Planned daily/seasonal workers (domestic)
12000

Operating company

Comment on investment chain
One source states the Abia State Government (Nigeria) might also be an investor in the case-- this is not correct.

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2009-09-03
Comment on data source
Farmland Grab- Ethiopia. Now is harvest time.

Data source #2

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
Ethiopian Nile Irrigation and Drainage Project: Public-Private Partnership Options and Action Plan Study Final Report to the World Bank , March 2008

Data source #3

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
Oakland Institute report Omo Valley-- OMO: LOCAL TRIBES UNDER THREAT A FIELD REPORT FROM THE OMO VALLEY, ETHIOPIA, February 2013

Data source #4

Data source type
Media report
File
Comment on data source
L'heure de la moisson a sonne

Data source #5

Data source type
Government sources
File
Comment on data source
Ethiopian Investment Agency

Data source #6

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2013-06-13
Comment on data source
Re:Common -- Land Grabbers – Italy’s involvement in the Great Land Grab

Data source #7

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
Food Security and large-scale land acquisitions: The cases of Tanzania and Ethiopia. Jennifer Dye, 2014

Data source #8

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
The global farmland grab in 2016: how big, how bad?

Promised or received compensation

Promised compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
company is relieved from the obligation to compensate local communities for their losses -- usually, no compensation is paid to nomadic peoples living in Etiopia’s pastoral areas.

Promised benefits for local communities

Comment on promised benefits for local communities
Fri El Green has made it clear it was ready to “donate a school, an ambulance or a clinic, depending on what the District authorities will choose as a priority”.

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Comment on former land owner
Used by local communities, however not clear if owned by community or state.

Former land use

Former land use
Smallholder agriculture

Former land cover

Former land cover
Cropland
Marginal land

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Corn (Maize), Jatropha, Oil Palm, Soya Beans, Sugar Cane

Use of produce

Has domestic use
Yes
Has export
Yes
Country 1
Italy
Comment on use of produce
Maize for local market, oil palm and jatropha for export.

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes
Comment on in country processing of produce
AGF (Agrofuel production)

Water extraction envisaged

Water extraction envisaged
Yes

Source of water extraction

Source of water extraction
Surface water (River)
Comment on source of water extraction
Omo River. Large pump installed and operating in 2012

How much water is extracted?

Comment on how much water is extracted
average consumption of 200 litres of water a day per crop

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