Land Rights

September 25, 2012
Bloomberg — BHO Bioproducts, a closely held farming company, said it plans to invest more than $120 million in rice and cotton production in Ethiopia’s western Gambella region during the next four years.
September 22, 2012
In this first of a six-part series, Globe and Mail Africa correspondent Geoffrey York investigates how Africa's growth is changing its future.
September 25, 2012
A new brief examines the situation on the ground a year after Sun Biofuels bankruptcy
September 25, 2012
The Tanzanian government has put agriculture at the forefront of its development agenda through its “kilimo kwanza” (agriculture first) initiative, which was established in 2009. For a country like Tanzania, which is gifted with a rich diversity of natural and human resources and has a population that is still largely rural, investment in agriculture can offer considerable development potential. In recent years, the production of agrofuels by foreign energy companies has been a growing area of...
September 22, 2012
Excerpt: “If they give up their land for palm oil, the leases are for so long that they are basically giving it up forever.” Controversy has also dogged Cameroon’s palm oil sector. Herakles Capital, a New York investment fund, plans to plant oil palms on 60,000 hectares of its 99-year concession, which is surrounded by national parks and protected zones.
September 12, 2012
Accaparement des terres en Afrique : un rapport dénonce un projet au Cameroun. La société américaine Herakles Farm et sa filiale camerounaise veulent transformer plus de 70.000 hectares de terres et forêts en plantation de palmiers à huile. Un récent rapport de l’institut de réflexion Oakland Institute et de l’ONG de protection de l’environnement Greenpeace dénonce l’accaparement de terres au Cameroun par des investisseurs américains et camerounais.
September 20, 2012
WASHINGTON (IPS) - Environment groups are accusing a New York-based agricultural company, Herakles Farms, of going forward with plans for a 180,000 acre palm-oil plantation and refinery in Southwest Cameroon despite a lack of government authorization, two court injunctions, and in the face of significant community opposition.
September 21, 2012
IRIB- Le groupe Bolloré ne cesse d’étendre son influence, en Afrique, et se tourne, désormais, vers les terres arables de la Sierra Leone. Boulimique, la multinationale françai­se règne déjà sur des dizaines de milliers d’hectares de plantations d’hévéa et de palmier à huile au Cameroun (33.500 hectares), au Liberia (13.500 ha) ou encore en Côte d’Ivoire (23.000 ha) via la holding Socfinaf qu’elle contrôle partiellement.