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08 Aug 2013Forbes
Robert Kuok's plantation firm eyes Myanmar as next sugar frontier
Wilmar says it plans to expand its oil palm plantations holdings in West Africa and to start producing sugar in Burma.
02 Aug 2013FPP
Agribusiness large-scale land acquisitions and human rights in Southeast Asia
Updates from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Burma, by Forest Peoples Programme
18 Jul 2013Bloomberg
Indonesia's palm oil industry rife with human-rights abuses
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.
09 Jul 2013
Felda Global starts to acquire plantation land in Southeast Asia
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.
07 Jul 2013Jakarta Globe
Malaysia, China investors eyeing Indonesian rice
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.
24 Jun 2013IPS
Congo: Détruire 180.000 hectares de forêts pour planter des palmiers à huile
"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".
23 Jun 2013Bloomberg
Malaysia declares emergency in haze areas as Singapore improves
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.
19 Jun 2013IPS
US, Malaysia lead worldwide ‘land grabs’
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.
31 May 2013Bloomberg
Malaysia’s Wah Seong to invest $744 million in Congo palm oil
ATAMA Plantation Sarl, a unit of Wah Seong, will initially plant palm trees on 180,000 hectares.
13 May 2013Duurzaamnieuws
Landroof Maleisië gesponsord door Nederlandse banken en pensioenfondsen
Het Maleisische palmoliebedrijf Wilmar is wereldwijd op grote schaal betrokken bij landroof, milieuovertredingen en schending van nationale wetten bij palmolieprojecten.
29 Apr 2013PAN AP
PAN AP releases a video documentary on land grabbing in Sarawak
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.
03 Apr 2013Bloomberg
Asian palm-oil planters head to West Africa
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.

SIGN-ON: Social movements and civil society organizations are invited to endorse the “Call of CSOs to their governments on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa” by Monday 1 June 2015. 

Human Rights Watch is seeking applicants for the position of Researcher on Women and Land. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing a research and advocacy agenda focusing on the impacts of large-scale international land acquisitions on women’s human rights in Africa and Asia.

The Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles launched in Dakar at the African Social Forum in October 2014 and reworked in Tunis at the World Social Forum in March 2015 is open for signature and engagement.

Who's involved?

05 Jun 2015 - Chiang Mai
Land grabbing: Perspectives from East and Southeast Asia