The huge land concession granted to Malaysian company Sime Darby by the Government of Liberia in 2009 has generated tension around a lack of consultation, compensation, land ownership and lost livlihoods. The contract covered a massive 311,187 hectares in the counties of Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount, Bomi and Bong. It allowed the company to plant oil palm on 220,000 ha of this. In 2010, Sime Darby started operations in western Liberia, with an oil palm nursery. In 2011 it began planting its first oil palm plantation, in Garwula District, Grand Cape Mount County. Affected communities were not consulted. Even those with legal titles to their lands were not consulted, according to some reports. With the loss of land and forest, livelihoods, income and thus social wellbeing and cultural practices face erosion. Communities laid a complaint with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2010. Producers in Liberia adhere to RSPO, which was launched in 2003 by the World Wildlife Fund and industry members. In late 2011, RSPO upheld a complaint by Liberian villagers against Sime Darby. Subsequent negotiations between the grower and villagers are ongoing. But in a human rights analysis of the contract, the Forest Peoples Programme argues that the Government of Liberia has failed in its obligation to ensure the human rights of communities are protected.