Two Vietnamese firms bankrolled by Deutsche Bank and the International Finance Corporation – the World Bank's private lending arm – are leading a wave of land grabs in Cambodia and Laos, causing widespread evictions, illegal logging and food insecurity, according to a report.
Rubber Barons shows how vast amounts of land have been acquired for rubber plantations in Cambodia and Laos by two of Vietnam's biggest largest companies, Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) and the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG).
The company will also seek to obtain land concessions for additional rice cultivation in the districts of Soukhouma and Sanasomboun.
"There is currently more land granted in concessions, than there is land being cultivated for rice."
The most comprehensive publication to date on land concessions and leases in Lao PDR has been presented to the public.
Romanian authorities have a history of giving up fertile agricultural land to foreign companies or Romanian “fat-cats”, all to the detriment of small scale, diverse, economically sustainable and environmentally sound agriculture.
Study estimates that foreign investors have acquired between 10–14 per cent of the total agricultural land in Laos.
Between 2010 and 2011, the 500 residents of Don Chan Island in central Vientiane were forced off their land to make way for accommodation for delegates such as William Hague and François Hollande.
Olam est l'un des sept leaders du marché alimentaire mondial. Mais il se distingue par son intérêt pour l'amont de la filière, un secteur rémunérateur, selon Sunny Verghese.
Ounkeo pioneered talkback radio in Laos, giving his listeners a rare chance to voice their opinions on the airwaves, but discussion on the sensitive subject of corporate land grabs appears to have persuaded officials that enough was enough.
La visite de la Banque mondiale à Vientiane au début de la semaine n'est pas étrangère à l'annonce de ce moratoire, par le ministre laotien de la Planification et des investissements, dans la presse nationale.
Laos will not allow any new investments in mining or grant further land concessions for rubber plantations until 2015 at the earliest, due to concerns about land encroachment and the environment