Podcast: Landgrabbing in Liberia

Land grabs on a very large scale are taking place in Liberia, one of the poorest countries in the world. This podcast interviews a Liberian human rights and environmental campaigner Silas Siakor. He calls attention to a deal the Liberian government made with Sime Darby, a Malaysian multinational. The government allocated 350 000 hectares to the corporation, while affected Liberian farmers only became aware of the deal when they got evicted from their lands. This has caused widespread resentment and conflict in the area. In total more than 1.5 million acres of land has been taken over by multinational corporations for oil palm and rubber plantations, and there are plans to expand further these land grabs.

November 20, 2012

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