Deal #4947

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Country
Location
Romania

Target country
Romania
Comment on location
west, south and east

Location #2

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Zărand 317415, Romania

Target country
Romania

Location #3

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Dobromir, Romania

Target country
Romania

Location #4

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Dolj County, Romania

Target country
Romania

Land area

Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2015] 21000
Comment on land area
through three intermediaries (Elena Bosca, Bardeau Holding and Kamparo Investment), the company purchased 17000 ha in Dobromir, 140 ha in Zarand and "tens of thousands more" in 50 other Romanian villages (https://decorrespondent.nl/3772/Farmers-in-what-may-be-the-poorest-village-in-Romania-pressured-into-selling-their-land-to-Rabobank/831126666920-19635dd6 ; https://decorrespondent.nl/3585/Think-land-grabbing-is-a-thing-of-the-past-Think-again/789922879350-90f224d3 )

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Food crops

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Outright Purchase

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2005] Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
several agreements over land that was ourchased from three intermediaries since 2005: between 2005 and 2014, Rabobank's subsidiary Kamparo Investment bought land from villagers - land, which according to its owners was never sold. Moreover, Kamparo bought land from a company called Retail Development (owned by two Liberian companies: Vane Investment Corporation and Tegor Holdings). Since 2011 Rabobank also bought land from Bardeau Holding (see #4556) and a physical person (see comment above) who had bought it from subsistence farmers - allegedly in an unlawful way.

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2008] Startup phase (no production)
[2009] In operation (production)

Contract farming

Contract farming
Yes
On leased / purchased area
Yes

Operating company

Operating company

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2015-11-10

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2015-12-17

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2015-11-12

Data source #4

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2012-04-30

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2015-11-06

Data source #6

Data source type
Company sources
File
Comment on data source
company website; accessed: 2016-01-26

Data source #7

Data source type
Company sources
File
Comment on data source
accessed: 2016-01-26

Data source #8

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2015-11-06

Data source #9

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2015-11-06

Data source #10

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2015-11-09

Consultation of local community

Community consultation
Not consulted

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Rejection

Promised or received compensation

Promised compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
no payment for the land

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
Private (smallholders)

Former land use

Former land use
Smallholder agriculture

Former land cover

Former land cover
Cropland

Overall comment

Overall comment
severe accusations concering land acquisitions

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