Deal #4603

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Location
Ndende, Gabon

Latitude
-2.3627234698411286
Longitude
11.30608412598379
Target country
Gabon
Comment on location
The plantations will be spread across multiple areas within 100-500 kilometres from Libreville port, including Mouilla, Ndendé.

Land area

Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2016] 58400
Comment on land area
One source states that the project is 200,000 hectares- 120,000 will go to small-scale farmers and 80,000 to industrial agriculture. For now the only activity is outgrower scheme which is 58400ha (planted area 7502ha)

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Food crops, Agriculture unspecified

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease
Comment on nature of the deal
long-term (49 year, renewable to 99 year) agriculture lease (Bail Emphyteotique signed between the Director General of Olam Gabon, the President of Republic of Gabon and Minister of Town Planning and Housing (Ministre de l’Urbanisme et du Logement). Within this, each farmer will be awarded a title deed for their 7hectares.

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2014] Intended (Under negotiation)
[2016] Concluded (Contract signed)

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2016] In operation (production)

Contract farming

Contract farming
Yes
On leased / purchased area
Yes
On leased / purchased area (in ha)
58400
On leased / purchased farmers
6000
Comment on contract farming
Under the Gabonaise des Réalisations Agricoles et des Initiatives des Nationaux Engagés (Graine) scheme. Land allocated to co-operatives of Gabonese citizens. Each farmer will receive around 7hectares each. The government aims to attract 20,000-30,000 households. 42000ha under oil palm and 8000ha under food crops.

Contract #1

Contract date
2016
Duration of the agreement (in years)
49
Comment on contract
long-term (49 year, renewable to 99 year) agriculture lease (Bail Emphyteotique signed between the Director General of Olam Gabon, the President of Republic of Gabon and Minister of Town Planning and Housing (Ministre de l’Urbanisme et du Logement)

Operating company

Operating company
Name of investment project
GRAINE Scheme
Comment on investment chain
Public Private Partnership where the government of Gabon provides land and financial resources for developing the smallholder plantations and logistics infrastructure, while Olam will lead in the development and management of the nucleus and smallholder plantations.

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Company sources
File
Date
2015-03-02
Comment on data source
Olam International Joins Republic of Gabon in Pioneering Outgrower Programme

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2015-01-29
Comment on data source
Oxford Business group- Gabon plants the seeds for agricultural growth

Data source #3

Data source type
Other (Please specify in comment field)
File
Comment on data source
WRM bulletin- Nro. 231 – June 2017

Data source #4

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2017-01-27
Comment on data source
PROJET GRAINE : CES PLANTATIONS DE L’ESPOIR

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2017-01-27
Comment on data source
PROJET GRAINE : CES PLANTATIONS DE L’ESPOIR

Data source #6

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2015-10-27
Comment on data source
Lettre du Collectif des Familles Victimes du Projet « GRAINE » de Mboma

Data source #7

Data source type
Other (Please specify in comment field)
Comment on data source
RSPO listing

Data source #8

Data source type
Company sources
Publication title
Olam Palm Oil Plantation geography

Data source #9

Data source type
Government sources
File
Publication title
le programme GRAINE
Date
2019-08-13

Data source #10

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
Debate rages over intensive oil palm farming in Gabon
Date
2019-11-01
Comment on data source
Debate rages over intensive oil palm farming in Gabon

Data source #11

Data source type
Company sources
File
Publication title
Olam Sustainable Palm Oil Policy
Date
2018-01
Comment on data source
Olam Sustainable Palm Oil Policy

Data source #12

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
temasek-subsidiary-makes-bid-for-olam
Date
2014-03-14
Comment on data source
temasek-subsidiary-makes-bid-for-olam

Data source #13

Data source type
Company sources
File
Date
2016-06
Comment on data source
RSPO NEW PLANTING PROCEDURES Summary Report of ESIA, HCV Assessments and Management Plan Sotrader, Ndende

Consultation of local community

Comment on consultation of local community
Some villagers claim that they were not consulted.

How did the community react?

Comment on community reaction
Some villagers reject the project.

Negative impacts for local communities

Negative impacts for local communities
Environmental degradation
Socio-economic
Cultural loss

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Health
Productive infrastructure (e.g. irrigation, tractors, machinery...)
Roads
Capacity Building
Financial Support
Comment on promised benefits for local communities
Participants will receive public healthcare coverage, access to low-interest loans

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
State

Former land use

Former land use
Smallholder agriculture
Comment on former land use
One data source states community occupied land.

Former land cover

Former land cover
Marginal land
Comment on former land cover
On previously degraded land

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Banana, Cassava (Maniok), Oil Palm, Tomatoes, Pepper
Comment on crops
The first food crops were harvested in 2017 (1,200 tonnes of bananas and cassava).

Use of produce

Has domestic use
Yes
Has export
Yes
Comment on use of produce
Oil palm: 100% exported. Market access is offered to farmers through Olam’s distribution networks by buying their produce. To the African and European Markets. Food crops: 100% for domestic market.

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes

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