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8 Nov 2010

GRAIN, Comité de développement de la région de Ndo (CODEN) [Cameroon]

[DOC] Cameroon: One village resists the acquisition of much of its land by a French company

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[Title translation, and the following summary of the interview’s key points, provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre; original posting by GRAIN in French follows, with a link to the full video. Company response follows on p. 3] Interview with Ndjoya Dieudonné, CODEN...In 2006, Somdiaa signed a contract with the government extending the land that it could farm in Haute-Sanaga. This extension comes at the expense of rural communities like Ndo, which are finding their food security threatened... Dieudonné: "...[The] long-term lease that the government signed [with Sosucam] in 2006...[deprived us of] the few lands that we had left after the first land grant made by the government in 1965.[Question:] Was the contract signed with the consent of the people affected? Dieudonné: Not at all. [Question:] Did Sosucam promise you compensation? Dieudonné: Certainly...[but] each person gets on average 2000 CFA francs [per year from the government], which is five dollars per person.