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Using legal empowerment to fight exploitative land investors in Sierra Leone

In 2010, Sierra Leone Agriculture (SLA) Ltd., a British-owned company, signed a lease with Bureh, Kasseh and Maconteh (BKM) Chiefdom in the Port Loko District of Sierra Leone for 41,582 hectares of land—including the rivers, houses, and roads that it encompassed. Among other promises, the company agreed to create 8,000 jobs, build schools, roads and … Continue reading Using legal empowerment to fight exploitative land investors in Sierra Leone

An open letter to President Bio: government needs to enact the Customary Land Rights and Land Commission Bills as part of action on land reform in Sierra Leone

Dear Mr. President, Please accept the assurances of our highest consideration. We are landowners, land users, women and community leaders and persons affected by large-scale land transactions in Sierra Leone. We hail from every region and every district in the country, from Bombali in the north to Moyamba in the south and every district in … Continue reading An open letter to President Bio: government needs to enact the Customary Land Rights and Land Commission Bills as part of action on land reform in Sierra Leone

Now that the Sierra Leone Land Policy 2015 has been officially launched – An open letter to President Koroma

Dear Mr. President, Last Thursday I was at State House to witness the low-key start of a potentially profound revolution in the land sector. For decades, our people and the environment have borne the scourge of a broken land tenure system. Many attempting to buy land to build a future for their families have lost … Continue reading Now that the Sierra Leone Land Policy 2015 has been officially launched – An open letter to President Koroma

Please Keep Plunderers Out Of Our Endangered Forests For Good – An Open Letter To President Bio

Dear Mr. President, When your government, on 9th April this year, announced the suspension of timber exportation with “immediate effect”, it felt like the start of a course correction for our nation. Sierra Leone has lost significant ancient forest cover over the past 30 years. Estimates of what is left are below 5%. However, by … Continue reading Please Keep Plunderers Out Of Our Endangered Forests For Good – An Open Letter To President Bio

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