Laos
10 Jun 2015 FERN
EU investors, land grabs and deforestation: case-studies
European banks and investors are a major source of finance for large-scale destructive agriculture; forestry; and pulp and paper projects.
29 May 2015 Bangkok Post
Mitr Phol growing in Laos
Mitr Phol Group, Asia's biggest sugar producer, has earmarked 3.5 billion baht to double production in Laos, fed by a plantation area in the southern province of Savannakhet.
30 Apr 2015 GRAIN
Asia's agrarian reform in reverse: laws taking land out of small farmers' hands
Legislative changes now sweeping across Asia threaten to displace millions of peasant families, undermine local food systems and increase violent conflicts over land. Already, just six percent of Asia's farm owners hold around 66% of its farmland.
19 Mar 2015 VietNamNet
Local groups pour capital in agriculture projects
The head of Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group, Doan Nguyen Duc, now owns 46,000 ha of rubber, 10,000 ha of sugar cane and 6,000 ha of corn in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar and plans to raise 236,000 cows in Laos.
15 Jan 2015 Vientiane Times
Champassak moves towards ‘land as equity' project model
Lao authorities granted the first ‘land as equity' project to a Chinese entrepreneur for a 10,000 ha plantation in Phonthong district.
31 Oct 2014 RFA
Laos plans to allow foreigners to purchase land in controversial move
Laos is to allow foreign investors to purchase land under a proposed law which some groups say would discriminate against locals and threaten national sovereignty.
29 Sep 2014 Vientiane Times
Chinese investors eye fruit plantations in Saravan
Chinese investors are eying the potential of multi-million dollar investments in banana and other tropical fruit plantation projects in Saravan province, according to the provincial deputy governor.
10 Sep 2014 Vientiane Times
Chinese authorities eye agricultural investment in Laos
Authorities of Quanzhou city in China’s Fujian province have expressed their interest in agricultural investment in growing rice and organic vegetables to supply the Chinese market.
22 May 2014 IRIN
Laos “land grabs” drive subsistence farmers into deeper poverty
Large-scale land leases in Laos are driven by foreign investment projects brokered between the government and private companies, which have increased in frequency in the past decade.
17 Mar 2014 Vientiane Times
Govt to assess land concession viability
The Lao government has approved hundreds of thousands of hectares in concessions, but has yet to identify how many hectares of land investors have already used or whether they have followed their original proposals.
26 Feb 2014 RFA
Asia's great land grab
Rising tension over land seizures is emerging as a critical issue in Asia. An RFA special report examines the changing dynamic of Asia’s Great Land Grab.
22 Jan 2014 RFA
Lao farmers confront police over land grab
A citizen video shows a rare confrontation between authorities and villagers in Bokeo Province, Northern Laos, where villagers gathered to block construction workers from digging up their rice fields for a Chinese investor.


Laos
  • FERN | 10 Jun 2015 EU investors, land grabs and deforestation: case-studies

    European banks and investors are a major source of finance for large-scale destructive agriculture; forestry; and pulp and paper projects.

  • Bangkok Post | 29 May 2015 Mitr Phol growing in Laos

    Mitr Phol Group, Asia's biggest sugar producer, has earmarked 3.5 billion baht to double production in Laos, fed by a plantation area in the southern province of Savannakhet.

  • GRAIN | 30 Apr 2015 Asia's agrarian reform in reverse: laws taking land out of small farmers' hands

    Legislative changes now sweeping across Asia threaten to displace millions of peasant families, undermine local food systems and increase violent conflicts over land. Already, just six percent of Asia's farm owners hold around 66% of its farmland.

  • VietNamNet | 19 Mar 2015 Local groups pour capital in agriculture projects

    The head of Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group, Doan Nguyen Duc, now owns 46,000 ha of rubber, 10,000 ha of sugar cane and 6,000 ha of corn in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar and plans to raise 236,000 cows in Laos.

  • Vientiane Times | 15 Jan 2015 Champassak moves towards ‘land as equity' project model

    Lao authorities granted the first ‘land as equity' project to a Chinese entrepreneur for a 10,000 ha plantation in Phonthong district.

  • RFA | 31 Oct 2014 Laos plans to allow foreigners to purchase land in controversial move

    Laos is to allow foreign investors to purchase land under a proposed law which some groups say would discriminate against locals and threaten national sovereignty.

  • Vientiane Times | 29 Sep 2014 Chinese investors eye fruit plantations in Saravan

    Chinese investors are eying the potential of multi-million dollar investments in banana and other tropical fruit plantation projects in Saravan province, according to the provincial deputy governor.

  • Vientiane Times | 10 Sep 2014 Chinese authorities eye agricultural investment in Laos

    Authorities of Quanzhou city in China’s Fujian province have expressed their interest in agricultural investment in growing rice and organic vegetables to supply the Chinese market.

  • IRIN | 22 May 2014 Laos “land grabs” drive subsistence farmers into deeper poverty

    Large-scale land leases in Laos are driven by foreign investment projects brokered between the government and private companies, which have increased in frequency in the past decade.

  • Vientiane Times | 17 Mar 2014 Govt to assess land concession viability

    The Lao government has approved hundreds of thousands of hectares in concessions, but has yet to identify how many hectares of land investors have already used or whether they have followed their original proposals.

  • RFA | 26 Feb 2014 Asia's great land grab

    Rising tension over land seizures is emerging as a critical issue in Asia. An RFA special report examines the changing dynamic of Asia’s Great Land Grab.

  • RFA | 22 Jan 2014 Lao farmers confront police over land grab

    A citizen video shows a rare confrontation between authorities and villagers in Bokeo Province, Northern Laos, where villagers gathered to block construction workers from digging up their rice fields for a Chinese investor.



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