Earlier this year, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made an unexpected commitment related to foreign investment in land and community land rights. In a meeting with communities who had raised concerns regarding a British company’s attempts to expand its palm oil production onto their customary land, the President effectively told those communities that they would have the right to say yes or no to further expansion, noting that the company could expand only with the affected communities’ approval.
Kaitlin Y. Cordes,
Making Agricultural Investments Work for Land Users & Communities,
Focus on Land in Africa, December 2014
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/sustainable_investment_staffpubs/136