Nigeria: Landgrabbing for Nigeria’s rice revolution

Published: 03 Jan 2014

The North-Eastern Nigerian State of Taraba is on the verge of handing over 30,000 hectares of land to Dominion Farms. The Memorandum of Understanding of the public-private partnership was signed in February 2012. The mega-project is expected to reduce Nigerian rice imports by 15%. But what is been described as the prelude to Nigeria’s rice revolution could result in livelihood losses for about 45,000 inhabitants who will have to vacate their lands. This intervention also raises concerns about the depletion of an important grazing area: Mutum Biyu Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State, where the land being given to Dominion is located, is said to metamorphose into a “Lagos of Cows” during the Harmattan season….http://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/22995#sthash.sKyZ16zx.dpuf

Calvin Burgess (right), CEO of Dominion Farms, at the 19th Nigerian Economic Summit in September 2013.

Peter Jopke

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