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Vol 6 (AAC) No 4

Published 1st February 2013


Liberia

Farmers take on agribusiness

Asian agribusiness companies face opposition from NGOs and locals who claim that communities have the right to manage their lands

Uncertainty over land rights is stirring controversy for palm oil developers in Liberia. Local and international non-governmental organisations have targeted two agribusiness giants, Sime Darby and Golden Veroleum, for their land-clearing and compensation policies.At the root of the conflict is the leasing by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government of huge tracts of land, where hundreds of thousands of people were living, on the basis that all undeeded land is public.

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