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Land is an essential source of livelihood for a majority of Sierra Leoneans. Most of Sierra Leone’s population lives in rural areas and it’s GDP is largely based on agriculture. The three main livelihood activities surveyed in the 2015 population and housing census are crop farming, animal husbandry and fishery, which depend largely on access to and ownership of land. Smallholders mostly cultivate rice, cassava, cocoa, coffee, cashew, groundnut, palm oil, vegetables and other fruit trees.
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Sierra Leone Land Destruction

Sierra Leone passes globally unprecedented legislation related to climate and the environment

9 August 2022

Freetown, August 8, 2022 – Sierra Leone’s Parliament has passed two groundbreaking bills that transform communities’ ability to protect their land rights and the environment. The new legislation serves as a model for the rest of the world.   Passed by unanimous votes, the Customary Land Rights and…

Sierra Leone passes new laws to boost landowners' rights

8 August 2022

 Sierra Leone's parliament on Monday passed two laws that lawyers say will help boost the rights of rural landowners and women against land grabs by big mining and agribusiness firms. The West African country has a history of sometimes deadly conflict between local communities and foreign companies…

Canada’s development finance institution and land grabbing in Africa

20 July 2022

This interview is part of a series with unions, non-governmental organizations and academics who are concerned about the Canadian government’s embrace the  “blended finance.”

Sierra Leone


“In the last years mining, as well as large-scale farming operations have been set up all over the country. In a context of weak land governance, these investments are leading to a lot of conflicts with communities ”
<strong>Berns Komba Lebbie </strong>
<em>National coordinator</em>
Land for Life Sierra Leone Consortium

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10 Years Of VGGT – Time To Take Stock

11 May 2022

This blog was written by Anna Schreiber and originally posted through Land for Life at “Before the VGGT, land was acquired based on the level of power. Land was a symbol of authority. Land governance was barbaric, guided by…

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RESPONSIBLE LAND  INVESTMENT FOR  SUSTAINABLE FOOD  SYSTEMS: Taking stock of lessons from responsible land investment pilots, partnerships and platforms

Responsible land investment for sustainable food systems

Taking stock of lessons from pilots, partnerships and multi-stakeholder platforms with governments, CSOs and business to implement the VGGT. This event highlighted the importance of equitable governance of land and natural resource tenure for sustainable investment in agriculture and natural…