In May 2008, the Government of Mali and the Kadhafi Government of Libya signed an investment agreement giving Malibya, a subsidiary of the Libyan sovereign wealth funds Libyan African Investment Portfolio, a 50-year renewable lease covering 100,000 ha in the Office du Niger. The land was given for free on condition that Malibya develop the lands for irrigated agricultural production. Malibya was also given unlimited access to water for a small user fee. No evidence of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment study is evident, and it is conspicuously absent in the contract, although such a study is mandated by Malian law. Land was cleared and the canal dug without notifying inhabitants. By 2009, Malibya completed the 40-km Macina irrigation canal which resulted in significant disruption to local communities, including dividing villages in two and isolating others. One man has drowned in the canal trying to reach his home. Plans to produce hybrid rice were also reported but the project was suspended when the Kadhafi regime collapsed in 2011. In January 2012, representatives of Libyas new government, the National Transitional Council, stated that they would maintain good investments in Mali and pursue agricultural projects in Africa, referring only to Sudan and countries close to Libya. Local organizations continue to mobilize in the region in hope of regaining their land.