DTE| 28 July 2015
A new report suggests Senhuile SA, Senegal’s controversial agri-business project, is headed for a potential shutdown. Senhuile is facing legal hurdles over allegations of land grabbing and consistent protests by locals affected by loss of livelihood. The report was released jointly by local non-profit, the Collective for the Defence of Ndiaël, and Italy-based Re:Common, in cooperation with international non-profits like GRAIN. It shows that Senhuile SA claims to have secured rights to 45,000 hectares (ha) of land in northern Senegal, but has cultivated only 1,500 ha.
The project, started in 2011 by Italian and Senegalese investors to produce biofuels, has provoked fierce resistance from affected communities. Several children from the area have drowned in the project’s unprotected irrigation ditches and suspicions of illicit finance have rocked the company’s credibility, the report says. The firm invested heavily in public relations to win over residents of villages around the projects. But their efforts have started backfiring and the project is mired in deeper conflict, according to the report. – See more at: http://farmlandgrab.org/post/view/25185-senegals-infamous-agri-business-project-senhuile-sa-on-verge-of-shutdown#sthash.6HDuITXz.dpuf