The Latest Land Grab – American Businessman Seals a Deal with Sudanese Warlord for Nearly 1 Million Acres

Philippe Heilberg and his private investment firm, Jarch Capital have finalized the largest private land deal in Africa to date. Heilberg has laid claim to 400,000 hectares, (nearly a million acres) of fertile farmland bordering the Nile River in Sudan. In northern Sudan, where land rights are murky at best and the authority of the state is crumbling, the deal hinges on the power of a local warlord whose son’s company had laid claim to the land.

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