Date: February 9, 2017
Disputes over land and resource rights create operational and reputational risks through delays, rising costs, and curtailed access to finance and markets. This paper looks closely at recent disputes in West Africa and investigates their impact on investment in land-based assets across the sub-region.
A pattern of dispute, financial loss, and reputational damage has pushed some palm oil companies to enhance their standards and practice around tenure and local engagement. In the process, the sector as a whole has become more aware of the risks posed in particular by governments with low capacity on tenure and local engagement, and therefore more discerning about where they invest.