28 Feb '12, 9am

Great international debate re #africa and #landgrabs via @IIED Good old Twitter!

The tweets below reflected similar sentiments to those expressed by the public at the debate, who broadly questioned whether the government was always working in the best interest of Sierra Leone's citizens and called for greater transparency when deals were being negotiated. An individual called Chief Moba said "things are very very opaque ...locals are not benefiting at all." Another man, called Lansanah Hasan Sona, alleged that "there was no free, prior informed consent from the community" in Makeni when the company ADDAX Bioenergy Sierra Leone Limited secured land in the country's fourth largest city for growing sugarcane and cassava for ethanol. He said that four communities had lost out on access to water sources as a result of the deal. According to the BBC: "The government describes the project as Sierra Leone's flagship agricultural investment." The company didn't...

Full article: http://www.iied.org/blogs/bbc-african-land-grabs-debate

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