Sierra Leone Farmers Evicted for Sugarcane Biofuel Plantations

Author: Jennifer Kennedy, CorpWatch, Published on: 5 March 2013

Addax Bioenergy…is jeopardizing the livelihoods of thousands of subsistence farmers…according to the Sierra Leone Network on the Right to Food (SiLNoRF) and Brot Für Alle (Bread for All)... Addax has planted…sugar cane on large areas of productive land even though it promised not to…The…project…has received €142 million in loans from several European development banks …Addax ‘lured’ community members into signing away their land to Addax with ‘juicy’ but non-binding promises…, alleges Bread for All…[T]he communities’ right to “free, prior and informed consent” had been violated because Addax had…neglect[ed] to mention any of the project’s possible negative impacts...Addax said that it “vigorously contests the allegations contained in the strongly biased report which neither reflects the reality on the ground nor takes any notice of the unprecedented efforts deployed on the ground to engage with local communities and improve their daily lives.” [also refers to Socfin Group & Bolloré Group]

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Related companies: Addax & Oryx Group Addax Bioenergy (part of Addax & Oryx Group) Socfin