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Where and why land conflicts occur in Africa, by study

Andy White

Sixty-three percent of disputes related to private sector land and natural resource investments in Africa began when communities were forced to leave their lands, according to new research released in Dakar, Senagal on Thursday, February 9, 2017 by TMP Systems and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). “African governments are competing for investment to spur economic development and improve living ...

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Indigenous people win centuries-old land battle in Colombia


The Colombian Constitutional Court has ruled in favour of an indigenous peoples’ centuries-old fight for their territory, granting the petition for the protection of constitutional rights requested by the Embera Chamí people of the Indigenous Resguardo Cañamomo Lomaprieta, in western Colombia. The Resguardo’s claim was accepted by the Colombian Constitutional Court, the final court of appeal for constitutional matters in ...

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Controversial Peruvian amazon palm plantation up for sale


The Melka group has unveiled plans to sell off controversial oil palm plantations in the Peruvian amazon. Public auctions will be held in Lima, Peru, over the next few weeks as the Melka group decides to sell land in Ucayali. A public notice placed in the Jakarta Post on June 23 outlined plans to sell the estate and plantations on the estate ...

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Rights groups demand end to land grab in the Philippines


A recent fact-finding mission by regional human rights groups in the south-western island of Palawan, the last ecological frontier of the Philippines, has revealed a pattern of land grabs and forest destruction by palm oil companies, partly owned by Malaysian and Singaporean investors. Motalib Kimel, Chairman of the local Coalition Against Land Grabbing (CALG) and himself a Taganua leader from Palawan, said: ...

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ERA/FoEN, groups accuse Wilmar of land grab in Cross River

Dr Godwin Uyi Ojo of ERA/FoEN

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), civil society groups and communities impacted by oil palm companies in Cross River State have described as worrisome, the influx of oil palm companies in the state and their expansion activities which they have described as “land grab in its most brazen form.” At an advocacy meeting in Calabar (the Capital ...

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Land grab escalates as agricultural resources dwindle

Gary Gardner

As global agricultural resources shrink or shift, countries are crossing borders to obtain new farmlands Since 2000, more than 36 million hectares – an area about the size of Japan – has been purchased or leased by foreign entities, mostly for agricultural use. Today, nearly 15 million hectares more is under negotiation. “Farmland is lost or degraded on every continent, while ‘land ...

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‘Land grabbing prevalent in food insecure countries’

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The increasing trend of international land grabbing – when governments and private firms invest in or purchase large tracts of land in other countries for the purpose of agricultural production and export – can have serious environmental and social consequences. Investors claim that land grabs can help alleviate the world food crisis by tapping into a country’s ‘unused’ agricultural potential, but ...

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Greenpeace: Agribusiness firms destroying apes’ rainforest habitat


Endangered great ape species are having their rainforest habitat destroyed and threatened by the expansion of agribusiness projects in central Africa, according to new evidence from Greenpeace Africa. Satellite images, reportedly obtained by Greenpeace Africa, show that more than 3,000 hectares of rainforest bordering the Dja Faunal Reserve has already been destroyed inside the Chinese-owned Hevea Sud rubber and palm ...

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Land-grab: Ugandan farmers sue oil palm project

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Farmers in Uganda evicted by oil palm plantations last Thursday presented a lawsuit against a joint venture co-owned by oil palm giant Wilmar International. They are claiming restitution for their grabbed land and fair compensation for damages, three years after their land was taken for plantation development. Friends of the Earth International is backing the communities’ land grab case, filed ...

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G8 rice plantation project meets Nigeria resistance


Farmers in Nigeria’s north eastern state of Taraba are being forced off lands they have farmed for generations to make way for US company Dominion Farms to establish a 30,000 ha rice plantation. The Dominion Farms project forms part of the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa and the Nigerian government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda, which are ...

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