Deal #7679

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Masindi, Uganda

Target country
Uganda
Comment on location
Two of the four different farm units are located in Masindi districts; Butobe and Kinumi. Butobe farm unit sits on over 1,000 hectares.

Location #2

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Kiryandongo, Uganda

Target country
Uganda
Comment on location
Two of the four different farm units are located in Kiryandongo district; Kigumba and Bweyale.

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
6500.0
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[current] 5463
Size in operation (production, in ha)
[2019] 3000
Comment on land area
Asili Farms is the largest grain and oilseed producer in Uganda on 13,500 acres of land in Northwestern Uganda~5463.2562 hecatares. Currently, the company has over 3,000 hectares of maize at various stages. However, another source claims Asili is farming on 1,200 ha of land in Western Uganda. The ultimate strategic goal of Asili is to have commercial farming operations on around 6,500 ha of long term leased land.

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Food crops
Comment on intention of investment
a large scale sustainably-cultivated commercial corn, soy and rice farm

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Outright Purchase
Lease
Comment on nature of the deal
The farm owns over 1,500 hectares of land while the rest is rented. Another report claims that Agilis is said to have bought ranches 21-22, from SODARI, an agricultural farm that collapsed. SODARI got a lease from government, which ends in 2025. However, it was revealed to the Land Commission of Inquiry that Agilis, bought land that was leased, yet legally, no one is supposed to buy leased land.

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
Concluded (Contract signed)

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2014] In operation (production)
Comment on implementation status
Asili became operational in January 2014

Contract farming

Contract farming
Yes
Comment on contract farming
In 2018, Joseph Initiative with Asili Farms, trained more than 3,500 farmers and sourced grain from a network of 15,000 farmers.

Number of total jobs created

Jobs created (total)
Yes
Current number of employees (total)
675
Comment on jobs created (total)
The company employs 675 people with a substantial number being female.

Operating company

Name of investment project
Kupanua Project

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
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File

Data source #2

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

Data source #3

Data source type
Other (Please specify in comment field)
File
Date
2020-01-08

Data source #4

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
Asili Farms: Lessons For Farmers From Masindi’s 3,000-Hectare Maize Plantation
Date
2019-09-26

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
Brothers build multi-million mixed farm in Masindi
Date
2019-08-03

Data source #6

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
Former MP, investors evict thousands in Kiryandongo
Date
2019-08-07

Names of communities / indigenous peoples affected

Comment on communities / indigenous peoples affected
The land in particular being targeted is located on ranch 20 and 21 respectively with majority lawful occupants being smallholder farmers involved in substance agriculture

Recognitions status of community land tenure

Comment on recognitions status of community land tenure
This land is part of the former government ranches in Bunyoro sub region that was given to the landless Communities in Nyamalebe Landless by government between 2000- 2002.

Consultation of local community

Community consultation
Not consulted
Comment on consultation of local community
Agilis has never consulted the bonafide occupants on the investment, no valuation of properties, no agreed rates for compensation and there’s no agreement from them to give their land to this food company. According to Kabera James, the chairperson of Nyamalebe Landless Association, a rally was held at Kanoni in November, 2017 where the police and Kiryandongo Resident District Commissioner (RDC) announced that the land had been given to Joseph Initiatives. They were threatened with arrests and detention should they ‘sabotage’ the development.

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Rejection

Presence of land conflicts

Presence of land conflicts
Yes
Comment on presence of land conflicts
This land is part of the former government ranches in Bunyoro sub region that was given to the landless Communities in Nyamalebe Landless by government between 2000- 2002.

Displacement of people

Displacement of people
Yes
Number of households actually displaced
2300
Comment on displacement of people
Grabbing about 2000 hectares and forcefully evicting over 2300 families off

Negative impacts for local communities

Negative impacts for local communities
Socio-economic
Eviction
Displacement
Violence
Other
Comment on negative impacts for local communities
The native communities accused Agilis Partners for scheming with Uganda Police and Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) to forcefully grab their land for agribusiness. They also accused workers of Agilis Partners Limited burnt down their houses, razed down dozens of schools and hospitals, cut down people’s crops, illegally detained outspoken community leaders, used excessive force and live ammunition to grab their land.

Promised or received compensation

Received compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
The company and its agents used to do was to invade people’s home, put them on gunpoint and force you to sign for as low as Uganda Shillings 200,000 equivalent to US$ 54 as compensation for your five (5) acres of land and give 3 days to leave.

Materialized benefits for local communities

Materialized benefits for local communities
Capacity Building
Comment on materialized benefits for local communities
Asili Farms, in partnership with Joseph Initiative, transfers the conservation practices to smallholder farmers through training programmes. These practices have assisted farmers to more than double their yields.”

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
[current] Corn (Maize), Soya Beans (3000 ha)
Rice

Overall comment

Overall comment
The company has another deal (deal #7682)

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