‘Exploited’ workers, hotels and online shopping funded by aid

The Times | 9 December 2016

 
Workers at Feronia’s Lokutu nursery, DRC, March 2015 (Photo: GRAIN)

FOREIGN AID INVESTIGATION

Billy Kenber, Investigations Reporter | Alexi Mostrous, Head of Investigations
 Deep in the tropical jungle in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo lie three palm oil plantations.
Run by Feronia Inc, which is based in Canada and, until recently, had subsidiaries in the Cayman Islands, the plantations are the perhaps unlikely recipient of tens of millions of pounds in British aid money.
CDC Group, the British government’s foreign investment arm, owns a 67 per cent stake in the company, having put $41 million into it since 2013…

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