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The Struggle between the Powerful and the People – How Customary Communities struggle for Land and Livelihoods

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June 2019
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In November 2018, the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) commissioned field-based research on privately owned monoculture plantations across Bomi County, Liberia. The study sought to identify and provide a broader understanding on the nature and implications of privately owned land holdings on the livelihood/food sovereignty of local communities in view of the expansion of Sime Darby's plantation activities. The research is aligned with promoting SDI's approach on community rights and food security with good governance in forest and climate policy of Liberia. The research was also conducted within the context of Liberia's new Land Rights Act of 2018. The new law has paved the way to formal recognition and protection of the customary land rights of rural communities.


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