"If the populace objects, we will not develop the land," says Sime Darby
From a a palm oil plantation run by a Malaysian company, Sime Darby, the Today programme's Evan Davis looked into whether lands deals are a route into better life, or a signing away of the nation's wealth.
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«Sime Darby s'est replié sur Rotterdam. Le projet d'une usine de transformation d'huile de palme a été abandonné sur Port-la-Nouvelle», annonce Henry Garino, le conseiller régional carcassonnais.
The government allocated some 350.000 hectares to Sime Darby, a Malaysian multinational. But people only came to know about this deal when the company showed up to take their land.
For the government of Sarawak, every piece of land should be utilised in the name of "development". Thus, reserved forests and lands should be logged and cleared and eventually, planted with oil palm. As a result, Malaysia's deforestation rate is increasing faster than anywhere else in the world.
Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd plans to develop a complete supply chain of its three core business -– palm oil, sugar cane and rubber -- in Myanmar.
Indigenous peoples in Sarawak, Malaysia are facing an escalation of land grabbing in their territories by national palm oil companies, backed by foreign corporations.
Participants from various communities shared documented cases, stories and photos of how large-scale investments of local and foreign owned companies are displacing communities and how people oppose such type of investments.
La moitié de l'argent levé en bourse sera destiné à la replantation, mais aussi à l'extension des surfaces chez le voisin indonésien et en Afrique, où le coût du foncier est moins élevé qu'en Malaisie.
Felda Global plans to use the bulk of its proceeds to snap up more plantations in Southeast Asia and Africa and boost its refining and market business in its bid to become a peer to Archer-Daniel Midlands and Cargill by 2020.
On the ground reports have exposed a secret operation by Ethiopian forces to force the Suri, Bodi and Mursi tribes out of their ancestral land to pave way for sugarcane plantations of Malaysian investors.