Rice cultivation and processing by Agrogeba, Guinea Bissau


Agrogeba signed in 2010 a contract with the Goverment of Guinea Bissau to grow and process rice to supply the local demand. Tree farms were leased to the company for 99 years. The company has made a huge investment in equipment (bought in Spain), as well as in land preparation and in the reconditioning of the processing plant in Xaianga.

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Basic Data
NameRice cultivation and processing by Agrogeba, Guinea Bissau
SiteThree farms in Bafatá province: Sare Djae, Tchutcho and Xaianga
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Biomass and Land Conflicts (Forests, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Management)
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Land acquisition conflicts
Intensive food production (monoculture and livestock)
Specific CommoditiesLand

Project Details and Actors
Project Detailsha have been acquired, but only 660 cultivated as of January 2014.

workers hired in the dry season, 40 in the rainy season. Most of them men.

spanish workers have the positions with more responsibility.

Salary of the workers 3€/day aprox.

Project Area (in hectares)6,000
Level of Investment (in USD)5,440,000
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population600
Start Date02/2010
Company Names or State EnterprisesAgrogeba from Spain - it is part of Petromillares Group S.L. holding. This group is being investigated in Spain for corruption and money laundering.
Petromillares Group S.L. from Spain
Relevant government actorsGuinea Bissau Government
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersIntermon - Oxfam, Alianza por la Solidaridad, Red SADIO (Réseau Sous Régional Sécurité Alimentaire Développement Institutionnel et Organisationnel)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingIndigenous groups or traditional communities
Landless peasants
Forms of MobilizationOfficial complaint letters and petitions
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Soil contamination, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsVisible: Malnutrition, Infectious diseases
OtherHeadaches and eyes and skin stinging due to aerial fumigation
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Specific impacts on women, Land dispossession
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCompensation
Negotiated alternative solution
Threats to the communities
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.The project is in operation, except in one of the farms where it has been stopped and the communities can still cultivate the land (but the company has the permit)
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ContributorLucia Arguelles
Last update24/06/2014