Foreign firms claim land in Liberia

2012-02-02 12:34

Grand Cape Mount County - Residents say a Malaysian company has cleared thousands of acres of their land in western Liberia.

A report released on Wednesday by the Rights and Resources Initiative says weak land rights have allowed companies like Sime Darby to claim African land and resources. They reported similar concerns in South Sudan.

Farmers in the area say Sime Darby lured them into agreeing to vacate so they could plant palm trees for oil, but drastically underpaid compared to their promised prices.

Workers hired by the company also say they are poorly paid.

The company denied all of the allegations in a statement, saying they pay fairly and that they have not evicted any landholders by force.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-02 14:05

    Bottom line is if the company does not have a government approved license to operate on the land they must be kicked out and banned from doing business in the country again, typical corporate culture, thinking it is above the law.

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