Wilmar says it plans to expand its oil palm plantations holdings in West Africa and to start producing sugar in Burma.
Updates from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Burma, by Forest Peoples Programme
Among the estimated 3.7 million workers in the industry are thousands of child laborers and workers who face dangerous and abusive conditions. Debt bondage is common, and traffickers who prey on victims face few, if any, sanctions from business or government officials.
Felda Global is planning a $13.7 million purchase of rubber, oil palm land in Indonesia and says it is closing in on land deals in Myanmar, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea.
A group of Malaysia and Chinese investors are looking to invest as much as $2 billion in Indonesia’s integrated rice farms in the next seven years.
"La destruction à perte de vue de nos forêts nous amènera à chasser et à cultiver très loin de nos villages", affirme Jules Itoua, un habitant de Yengo, au nord du Congo-Brazzaville, ajoutant avec regret: "Ils nous ont presque chassés d'ici sans le déclarer".
Singapore yesterday sought “strong, firm, effective” action against Singaporean companies that may be involved in illegal burning in Indonesia that led to the city-state’s worst pollution on record.
Africa is the main target for “land grabs” by foreign investors, according to a new report on large-scale land acquisitions around the world released June 10.
ATAMA Plantation Sarl, a unit of Wah Seong, will initially plant palm trees on 180,000 hectares.
Het Maleisische palmoliebedrijf Wilmar is wereldwijd op grote schaal betrokken bij landroof, milieuovertredingen en schending van nationale wetten bij palmolieprojecten.
It was their native customary land until palm oil companies came and claimed it their own. With the help of corrupt politicians, almost 9,000 hectares of forest and agricultural lands were flattened. Fences were put up, barring indigenous peoples from entering their own ancestral land. This is the story of Melikin. The story of many indigenous peoples in Sarawak.
Suitable land for palm-oil cultivation is running out in top producers Malaysia and Indonesia, which now account for about 85 percent of the global output. Wilmar is among several companies searching for land in West and Central Africa.