[PDF] Cameroon: A new report highlights the lack of transparency and access to information in the agro-industrial sector
Author: Samuel Nguiffo and Michelle Sonkoue Watio (Cameroon), Published on: 19 May 2015
"Agro-industrial investments in Cameroon: Large-scale land acquisitions since 2005", 1 March 2015
The objective of this study is to assess large-scale land acquisitions by the agro-industrial sector in Cameroon between 1 January 2005 and 31 August 2013. Our aim is to provide an overview of large-scale land transactions in the country, showing how this phenomenon has developed, the relevant legislation, and the effect of agro-industrial projects on local and national development. As demand for land from the forestry, mining and agro-industrial sectors intensifies and the government pursues its policy of encouraging foreign investment in the country, there is a risk that local communities will find it increasingly difficult to maintain their customary ways and practices...This report gives a detailed presentation of the legal framework for land transactions and investments in the agro-industrial sector in Cameroon...At the end of the study we try to identify the impacts of this situation. One of the main issues that need to be addressed is the lack of transparency and access to information about the rights that are allocated to companies and their corresponding obligations...[The study concludes with some recommendations and refers to CDC, Pamol, Socapalm, Hevecam-Golden Millenium Group, Sosucam, Hydromine, Justin Sugar Mills, Sud Hévéa, Chinese Group, Sime Darby Plantation, Cargill, West End Farms, HeraklesFarms, Guta, Palmist Oil Company, Société des Plantations de Mbanga, Ndawara Tea Estate, Goohope Asia Holdings, Agro Est, Green Fill, Smart Holding].