In reading this post I am struck by the obvious question, "why Sierra Leon?" Following a supply/demand market principle, it would seem that the increase in applications could be attributed to a belief that either opportunities are all of a sudden abundant in the region, or there will soon be fierce economic competition for projects/space in Sierra Leon. Not knowing anything about the current political or economic status of the region, I would postulate that the later possibility is more accurate. Has the region seen an influx of international supporters lately? Say, perhaps from governments seeking agricultural resources such as China or India?