In this podcast we dig into one of the poorest countries in the world: Liberia. Huge landgrabs are taking place above the heads of people that own and farm the land. The government allocated some 350.000 hectares to Sime Darby, a Malaysian multinational. But people only came to know about this deal when the company showed up to take their land. “Even though only 20.000 acres have now been taken for oil palm plantations, signs of widespread resentment and conflict are already rising”, according to Silas Siakor.
Silas Siakor is a campaigner on human rights and environmental issues for the Sustainable Development Institute in Liberia – which received a Goldman Environmental Prize for outstanding environmental achievements in Africa (2006). He was also awarded by the Alexander Soros Foundation for Extraordinary Achievements in Environmental and Human Rights Activism in 2012.
This podcast is part of a series produced by AfrobeatRadio / Firoze Manji for EJOLT, in collaboration with EJOLT partner CCS. All podcasts in the EJOLT Series were aired on AfrobeatRadio broadcast on WBAI 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio NYC in the US. This is a full version of the podcast, replacing parts 1 & 2 on EJOLT website.