Makpele Chiefdom – West Africa Agriculture Number 2 Ltd – 2012- Surrender

Basic information

Country

Sierra Leone

Community party

Chiefdom Council of Makpele Chiefdom

Company signatory

West Africa Agriculture Number 2 Limited

Resource(s)

Agricultural Products

Project phase covered

Industry

Agriculture

National government: signatory?

No

Local government: signatory?

No

Was the agreement required by law?

No

Term

50 Years

Date of contract signature

24/12/2012

Language

English

Location

Makpele Chiefdom Pujehun District

Source: URL

Reports

OpenCorporates ID

Listings in other databases

Listing of the parent contract at ResourceContracts.org or OpenLandContracts.org

Summary of contract

  • Negotiation, representation, and other relevant context

    Surrender of the lease between the Chiefdom Council of Makpele Chiefdom as the Lessors, and West Africa Agriculture Number 2, a limited liability company as the Lessee (Chiefdom Council) (Preamble, Schedule 1). West Africa Agriculture Number 2 will surrender to the Chiefdom Council the land leased, to enable the Chiefdom Council to grant to West Africa Agriculture Number 2 a new lease on the terms set out in the draft lease in the surrender's Schedule (Preamble, Art. 2). The Chiefdom Council releases West Africa Agriculture Number 2 from all liability claims and demands arising out of the Lease (Art. 2). The Chiefdom Council consented in an open assembly in a customary manner to the lease agreement and gave their consent to the occupation by West Africa Agriculture Number 2 of the leased land (Signature page 5). Schedule 1 is the draft of the new lease agreement between the Chiefdom Council as lessor and West Africa Agriculture Number 2, as the lessee (Schedule Preamble). The Chiefdom Council agrees to lease 30,700 hectares of land to West Africa Agriculture Number 2 for 50 years (Schedule Art. 1.1). The agreement is renewable for 21 years with a further option to renew it for another 21 years and seven years, respectively. The rent for these periods shall be negotiated and agreed subject to standard commercial terms (Schedule Art. 3.7). West Africa Agriculture Number 2 agrees to pay the Chiefdom Council's solicitor's fees and all costs incurred by the Chiefdom Council to prepare the agreement (Schedule Art. 2.15).

  • Governance, implementation, dispute resolution

    West Africa Agriculture Number 2 will permit the Chiefdom Council of Makpele Chiefdom to inspect the leased land once a year during the day time provided two weeks prior notice is given (Schedule Art. 2.13). This agreement cannot be assigned without the Chiefdom Council's prior written consent and written approval of the District Officer provided that such consent shall not unreasonably be withheld (Schedule Art. 2.14). If West Africa Agriculture Number 2 is in arrears for 21 days or more, the Chiefdom Council may re-enter the leased land provided that West Africa Agriculture Number 2 has had 30 days to remedy or rectify the breach (Schedule Art. 4.1). Any dispute connected with this agreement may be referred to arbitration, which is subject to the Arbitration Act of Sierra Leone (Schedule Art. 4.8).

  • Fiscal obligations: content

    West Africa Agriculture Number 2 will pay annually in advance US$ 2.50 per hectare per year for the first seven years of the agreement. Rent for the remaining period will be reviewed every seven years (Schedule Art. 1.1, 2.1). West Africa Agriculture Number 2 will pay into a community development fund for the benefit of the local community at the end of every year, a royalty of 5% of its net profit provided that the annual rent payable shall not at any time exceed 5% of West Africa Agriculture Number 2's net profit (Schedule Art. 2.6). This royalty will be deposited into a communal account managed by the paramount chief, parliament members, local district councilors, and three other chiefdom councilors; West Africa Agriculture Number 2 shall appoint representatives to the community fund (Schedule Art. 2.7).

  • Community development obligations: Local content

    West Africa Agriculture Number 2 will use all reasonable endeavors to employ local personnel in preference to expatriates applying for the same vacancy provided that any such local person holds the required qualifications, experience, and know-how (Schedule Art. 5.1). West Africa Agriculture Number 2 will train employees in a range of skills related to agricultural work, supporting the pursuit of academic qualifications where relevant (Schedule Art 5.3).

  • Community development obligations: Infrastructure and social services

    West Africa Agriculture Number 2 will reasonably assist in providing and supporting the primary and secondary education of infants, pupils, and students residing in the land under commercial development within the leased land (Schedule Art. 5.4). West Africa Agriculture Number 2 will use its best endeavors to provide health care, housing, sanitation, and water for all persons residing in the locality of the land under commercial development within the leased land (Schedule Art. 5.5).

  • Community development obligations: Other

    West Africa Agriculture Number 2 will set aside to sell into the local market and for local consumption a quantity of the palm oil and other products produced or harvested from the leased land to help support domestic food security and to act as import substitution (Schedule Art. 5.7).

  • Environmental and social protection

    If it is necessary to move small settlements for the project, West Africa Agriculture Number 2 will consult with the Chiefdom Council of Makpele Chiefdom and will assist in re-housing any displaced family in appropriate facilities within the locality (Schedule Art. 2.10). In consultation with the Chiefdom Council, West Africa Agriculture Number 2 will identify and demarcate traditional reserves and sacred grounds (Schedule Art. 2.11). West Africa Agriculture Number 2 will fairly compensate all landowners for all economic trees and crops removed from the leased land (Schedule Art. 2.12). West Africa Agriculture Number 2 will be responsible for rehabilitating the existing oil palm plantation on the leased land and the preparation of the land for planting and the maintenance of new plantations of crops, including but not limited to oil palm (Schedule Arts. 2.8, 5.2). West Africa Agriculture Number 2 will adhere to all relevant international —including the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil—, national and local regulations relating to environmental protection, using environmentally friendly practices consistent with West Africa Agriculture Number 2's published social and environmental policies (Schedule Art. 5.6).