Deal #3006

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Marampa, Sierra Leone

Target country
Sierra Leone
Comment on location
Marampa and Buya Romende chiefdoms, Northern Port Loko

Location #2

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Buya, Sierra Leone

Target country
Sierra Leone

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
10117.0

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Food crops, Agriculture unspecified
Comment on intention of investment
agricultural purposes; plans to engage in palm oil and rice production, to build a factory for the processing of palm oil and other edible oils; it is alleged that the company will be providing employment for the youth of the region

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2007] Intended (Under negotiation)
Failed (Negotiations failed)
Comment on negotiation status
MoU signed in 2007. Grain states project is failed.

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Data source #1

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2011-01-01
Comment on data source
Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa: Sierra Leone, Oakland Institute

Data source #2

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Publication title
Communities in Africa fight back against the land grab for palm oil
Date
2019-09-19

Consultation of local community

Community consultation
Not consulted
Comment on consultation of local community
A delegation of landowners, the Paramount Chief, ceremonial chiefs, the MP, and local councilors were called to the Iranian embassy, where they were “forced to sign the binding agreement under duress” in the presence of the Deputy Minister of Local Government - they did so because they “could not violate the authorities.”

Promised or received compensation

Promised compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
The landowners and chiefs of the Sepahan lease area were led to believe that for the lease they would be paid USD 20,000 in the first year, USD 40,000 in the second year, and USD 50,000 in the third year.
Received compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
The landowners and chiefs of the Sepahan lease area were led to believe that for the lease they would be paid USD 20,000 in the first year, USD 40,000 in the second year, and USD 50,000 in the third year. To date, the company has paid no rental fees to landowners.

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Health
Education
Comment on promised benefits for local communities
The landowners and chiefs were also told that the company would help with local development by constructing health centers, schools, and water wells.

Materialized benefits for local communities

Comment on materialized benefits for local communities
To date, the development promises have not materialized.

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Oil Palm, Rice

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes
Comment on in country processing of produce
Plans for oil palm mill

Overall comment

Overall comment
not just the surface rights to the land, but also rights to any minerals that lay below the surface (The region around Madina is rich in iron ore and bauxite)

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