Helping rural communities to thrive
All of our projects include participatory mapping and social impact assessments prior to land development. In our plantations, we obtain the Free Prior and Informed Consent of local populations, witnessed by a Social Contract which is the equivalent of 15-18% of the total development budget. We have such contracts with 46 villages – note all bar one were villages around the plantations, not on land within the concession areas.
These social contracts cover multiple activities. From 2012 to end of 2015 these have included:
Education: 16 houses for teachers and 14 schools built or rehabilitated to date, provision of classroom kits, and furnishing;
Health: 3 new pharmacies and dispensaries built, existing dispensaries supplied with medical kits and medicines;
Public infrastructure: 9 public meeting rooms built or rehabilitated, one market area plus a police post;
Public utilities: 59 boreholes drilled and equipped with manual pumps; over 1,000 solar street lights installed; 300km of public roads rehabilitated and graded;
Leisure: 21 football fields prepared and equipped, sports and other kit donated;
Support for local economic activity: 2 village cassava mills built and equipped, 28 farmer groups trained and equipped, local development committees set up to manage social development funds totaling US$450,000 as of December 2015.