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Beleaguered West Papuans left to count the cost of Indonesia's palm oil boom

21 May 2012

Indigenous Papuans are reeling from the cut-price sale of the land and forests that are their lifeblood

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Land rush continues, deals target poor, group says

26 Apr 2012

The global rush to buy farmland continues, and international investors are focusing on the poorest countries with weak land-rights security for deals, according to a report by the Land Matrix research group.

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Campaigners claim World Bank helps facilitate land grabs in Africa

23 Apr 2012

Food shortages and rural deprivation exacerbated by World Bank policy, says NGO ahead of land and poverty conference

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Em Graun Bilong Mipla, This Is Our Land

5 Apr 2012

In 1998, the people of Saussi in the in the Ramu Valley Madang Province (Papua New Guinea) got word of plans that a sugar & oil palm company, Ramu Agri-Industries, was seeking to expand its oil palm plantations into customary land owned by the Saussi. Led by visionary local level government councilor, Aipapu Marai, the Saussi organized several neighboring communities and formed the Ramu Valley Landowners Association (RVLOA). With very limited financial resources and no legal support, they began a five year battle against Ramu Agri Industries. Armed with information about the negative impacts of oil palm in other provinces and other countries, the Saussi stood firm and told the company and the Papua New Guinea Government that they were not going to allow oil palm on their land. In the words of one of their own: "WE DON'T WANT TO BECOME SLAVES TO THE COMPANY ON OUR OWN LAND." Instead of oil palm, they chose to remain in control of the land and all their resources and make their own money by selling cocoa, watermelons, peanuts and fish. Today, each household earns between USD15,000 and USD25,000 with the women having a significant portion of control over income generation and spending.

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Green Grabbing: a new appropriation of nature?

1 Apr 2012

Across the world, ‘green grabbing’ – the appropriation of land and resources for environmental ends – is an emerging process of deep and growing significance. The vigorous debate on ‘land grabbing’ already highlights instances where ‘green’ credentials are called upon to justify appropriations of land for food or fuel – as where large tracts of land are acquired not just for ‘more efficient farming’ or ‘food security’, but also to ‘alleviate pressure on forests’. In other cases, however, environmental green agendas are the core drivers and goals of grabs – whether linked to biodiversity conservation, biocarbon sequestration, biofuels, ecosystem services, ecotourism or ‘offsets’ related to any and all of these.

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Stop devoting our lands for food security of other nations

29 Mar 2012

At least 100 farmers joined a protest in front of the Department of Agriculture in Quezon City led by the members of the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) in the Philippines such as the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), AMIHAN (National Federation of Peasant Women), UMA (Union of Agricultural Workers), and the PAMALAKAYA (National Federation of Small Fisherfolks of the Philippines). Also present is the Anakpawis partylist and the National Network of Agrarian Reform Advocates (NNARA)-Youth

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Reclaim our lands, Resist land grabbing, says farmers group

29 Mar 2012

Jambi, INDONESIA -- The Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA), led the farmers of Pandan Lagan village to reclaim their lands.

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What should companies do when states offer prime land on a platter?

7 Mar 2012

Companies investing in land in Africa and elsewhere need guidelines to ensure the human rights and dignity of local communities are protected

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UNICEF warns children suffering in Pacific urbanisation

1 Mar 2012

UNICEF has warned that the growing urbanisation of many Pacific nations means children in poorer families do not have access to basic services.

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