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Rice cultivation and processing by Agrogeba, Guinea Bissau


Agrogeba signed in 2010 a contract with the Goverment of Guinea Bissau to grow and process rice to supply the local demand. Tree farms were leased to the company for 99 years. The company has made a huge investment in equipment (bought in Spain), as well as in land preparation and in the reconditioning of the processing plant in Xaianga.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Rice cultivation and processing by Agrogeba, Guinea Bissau
State or province:Bafatá
Location of conflict:Three farms in Bafatá province: Sare Djae, Tchutcho and Xaianga
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Biomass and Land Conflicts (Forests, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Management)
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Land acquisition conflicts
Intensive food production (monoculture and livestock)
Specific commodities:
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

ha have been acquired, but only 660 cultivated as of January 2014.

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Project area:6,000
Level of Investment:5,440,000
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:600
Start of the conflict:02/2010
Company names or state enterprises:Agrogeba from Spain - it is part of Petromillares Group S.L. holding. This group is being investigated in Spain for corruption and money laundering.
Petromillares Group S.L. from Spain
Relevant government actors:Guinea Bissau Government
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Intermon - Oxfam, Alianza por la Solidaridad, Red SADIO (Réseau Sous Régional Sécurité Alimentaire Développement Institutionnel et Organisationnel)
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Landless peasants
Forms of mobilization:Official complaint letters and petitions
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Soil contamination, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsVisible: Malnutrition, Infectious diseases
Other Health impactsHeadaches and eyes and skin stinging due to aerial fumigation
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Specific impacts on women, Land dispossession
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Negotiated alternative solution
Threats to the communities
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:The project is in operation, except in one of the farms where it has been stopped and the communities can still cultivate the land (but the company has the permit)
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Contributor:Lucia Arguelles
Last update24/06/2014
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