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Funding for responsible land investment in Sierra Leone

palm-oil-sierra-leone-advance-consultingWith the support of Advance Consulting, Solidaridad and Natural Habitats Sierra Leone Ltd successfully applied for financing from DFID’s LEGEND (Land-Enhancing Governance for Economic Development) fund, for a project in Sierra Leone. The project will apply the Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure (VGGT) to Natural Habitats’ sustainable palm oil operations in Sierra Leone. This palm oil operation seeks to increase the annual income of over 3,000 smallholder farmers. Learning from this pilot will be used to promote industry-wide adoption of these guidelines. Learnings from this pilot will be used to promote industry-wide adoption of these guidelines. The project partners will receive a grant of approximately € 700,000.

DFID’s LEGEND fund promotes innovative and responsible investments in land, in particular agriculture. The fund seeks to improve the effects of investments in land on communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Funding has been awarded to seven civil society organisations that have formed partnerships with businesses to test innovative approaches to sustainable land investment.

The fund supports projects that drive approaches in responsible land investment based on the principles of the globally negotiated Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure (VGGT). The projects use a variety of context-specific approaches that balance respect for the legitimate land rights of local people and investments, thus modelling pro-poor growth. The fund supports activities that test a variety of approaches and tools, including the Analytical Framework for Land-Based Investments in African Agriculture, adopted in 2015 by the New Alliance Leadership Council composed among others of the African Union Commission, UN FAO and relevant donor governments.

Funding has been awarded to civil society organisations that have formed partnerships with businesses to test innovative approaches to sustainable land investment. The six partnerships will implement their projects across five countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia.

For more information on this project or the LEGEND fund of DFID, please contact Krisje Theus-van Hees.