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A 'land sovereignty' alternative

1 Jul 2012

Land sovereignty is the right of working peoples to have effective access to, use of, and control over land and the benefits of its use and occupation, where land is understood as resource, territory, and landscape.

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LONG TUHAT BILONG MIPLA - From our own sweat [documentary]

27 Jun 2012

Betelnut, known locally as Buai is the fruit of the Areca palm. It is a stimulant traditionally used in ceremonies. Today it is a cashcrop widely traded in PNG. Through the trade many communities have become self-sufficient and able to choose the kind of development they desire

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Leases in Vanuatu to 2010

22 Jun 2012

Jastis Blong Evriwan is pleased to share with you a preliminary analysis of leasing data drawn from the Department of Lands databases for the period of 1980-2010. The leasing data provides an indication of how much of Vanuatu is currently under lease, where land is being leased, how leased land is being used, the length of leases, and the extent that leases have been subdivided. The profile also highlights areas where data collection needs to be improved to better inform land use planning decisions. This analysis is part of a broader research effort to document customary groups' engagement in land leasing practices. The figures are indicative only and should be treated with caution, as the original data varies in quality and coverage, with missing data for many of the variables. A summary of key statistics can be found below or downloaded from: The full paper "Vanuatu National Leasing Profile: A Preliminary Analysis" can be found here: For more information on Jastis Blong Evriwan (J4P Vanuatu), please visit:

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Fool me once: The regional lessons from Tonga's WTO accession

14 Jun 2012

"Fool me once: The regional lessons from the impacts of Tonga's WTO accession" is a look through the eyes of Tongans what membership to the World Trade Organization has meant for them and their country. Tonga became a member of the WTO in 2005 under what has been described as "arguably the worst terms ever offered to any country" - requiring the Pacific Island nation to make wide ranging and binding commitments on trade liberalisation. Speaking about the impacts as felt through a cross-section of society, this video documents how the promised benefits of WTO membership have failed to not only materialise but have increased hardship across the country. The film ends with a plea to other Pacific countries considering joining the WTO to learn from their mistake and not be fooled by the promises that accompany membership. The documentary was produced by the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG). For more information see

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Positive land investment alternatives

1 Jun 2012

Much touted "land investment" involves appropriation or landgrabbing. What positive alternative investments should public policy support which would strengthen the right to food, re-valorise agricultural work, and build up ecological capital?

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6 May 2012

One of the founding fathers of Papua New Guinea, John Momis talks about the days before the end of colonial rule and who was involved in writing the Papua New Guinea Constitution. As Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Planning Committee, John Momis travelled to every patrol post in what was the Australian Territory of Papua New Guinea. They sought views from people a wrote the constitution. Momis says the constitution is detailed because it seeks to protect people from external exploitation and protects Papua New Guineans from their own government.

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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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