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30 Apr 2015GRAIN
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 2015VietNamNet
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 2015Vientiane 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 2014RFA
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 2014Vientiane 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 2014Vientiane 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 2014IRIN
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 2014Vientiane 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 2014RFA
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 2014RFA
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.
07 Dec 2013Vientiane Times
Chinese agricultural firm looking to invest in Champassak
A large Chinese investor is looking to secure a concession for 10,000 hectares of land on the Bolaven plateau in Champassak province, Laos PDR, for rice, small crops and cattle raising, according to provincial officials.
16 Nov 2013FAO
The gender and equity implications of land-related investments on land access and labour and income-generating opportunities
Three FAO reports published in 2013 looking at Lao PDR, Zambia and Ghana

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.


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Land grabbing: Perspectives from East and Southeast Asia



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