Deal #835

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Mariscos y Estor, Izabal, Guatemala

Target country
Guatemala
Comment on location
Izabal, Mariscos y El Estor Coordinates: 15.3518694082213, -89.2863375766628

Land area

Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2009] 6300
Size in operation (production, in ha)
[2009] 4720
Comment on land area
Land located in Polochic valley, near lake Izabal, reconverted to oil palm. Source Alberto Alonso (the land was acquired between 2000-2008 progressively). INDESA acquired 1000 has in 1999. Finca “Pataxte”and “Río Zarco” in Izabal but they were converted into Natural Reserves (2006). CONGCOOP points 6500 hectares on production (2008) minus 1000 has (acquired in 1999) results 5500 hectares acquired before 2000 in production

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Biofuels

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Outright Purchase

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2000] Concluded (Oral Agreement)

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2009] In operation (production)

Operating company

Comment on investment chain
Juan Maegli's Corporation is divided in various groups: Tecun (Técnica Universal) Comercial, Tecun Automoviles, Tecun Exportacion and Tecun Agroindustrial. This ultimate produces and transforms oil palm, distributed in Guatelama and Salvador. It is composed by: INDESA (Inversiones de Desarrollo SA), GRASA (Grasas y Aceites SA), PADESA (Palmas de Desarrollo SA) , Palmas del Polochic, Palmas de Izabal, PROBESA (Productores de Bio Energia SA).

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Personal information
Comment on data source
Own elaboration of the Institute of Agrarian and Rural Studies of the Platform of NGOs and Cooperatives of Guatemala (IDEAR-CONGCOOP), based on: 1) Alonso-Fradejas, A.; Caal J.L, y Chichilla, T (2010). "Caña de azúcar, palma africana y el capitalismo agra

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File

Data source #3

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File

Data source #4

Data source type
Personal information
Includes in-country-verified information
Yes

Data source #5

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
Date
2011-01-01

Data source #6

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2007-01-01

Data source #7

Data source type
Government sources
File
Date
2008-08-30
Comment on data source
SIGAP Guatemala source

Data source #8

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2008-10-30
Comment on data source
Page 36. Hectares in production

Data source #9

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File

Data source #10

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Oil Palm

Overall comment

Overall comment
first source unavailable, and no precise datas about the total surfaces owned by Maegli Group (divided in various sectors and companies). Juan Ulrico Maegli Mueller shows the reactionnay face of oil palm and agrofuels expansion in Guatemala. He is an old entrepreneur and landlord, he inherated his father's coffee farms and developed cattle (under the protection and favours of military regimes). He confronted with the Arbenz's reformist government in the 1950 (the attempt to make a moderate agrarian reform finishing with a coup d'Etat). He actively sustained the Opus Dei against progressist ideologies and contrainsurgency forces in the 1970's and 1980's. In the Polochic valley, oil palm expansion is pressuring q'eqchies communities (as cattle and other capitalist production before).

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