In the Philippines, Akbayan Party-list Representatives Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao and Walden Bello are pushing for a bill that regulates large scale foreign investments on land.
Southeast Asia has become ever more appealing to investors from both within and beyond the region seeking to include agriculture in their portfolios.
The Philippines and Qatar signed 4 bilateral agreements and one private sector agreement seen to boost cooperation in investments, tourism, fisheries and the legal field.
At least 100 farmers led by members of the Asian Peasant Coalition joined a protest in the Philippines against global land grabbing, calling on governments in Asia to stop devoting their lands to the food security of other nations
At least 100 farmers joined a protest in front of the Department of Agriculture in Quezon City led by the members of the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) in the Philippines such as the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), AMIHAN (National Federation of Peasant Women), UMA (Union of Agricultural Workers), and the PAMALAKAYA (National Federation of Small Fisherfolks of the Philippines). Also present is the Anakpawis partylist and the National Network of Agrarian Reform Advocates (NNARA)-Youth.
Legislator calls for an investigation, in aid of legislation, into the $50-million joint-venture deal between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the AMA Group Holdings to operate a 10,000-hectare agricultural farm in Mindanao.
“This so-called joint venture smacks of land-grabbing and conflict of interest on the part of President Aquino’s political lieutenant in the Gulf.” – Danilo Ramos, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas
The militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) today called on the House of Representatives’ committees on agrarian reform and agriculture to conduct a probe and shoot down a $300-million land lease deal the government entered into with Bahrain.
Bahrain’s Nadir and Ibrahim Sons of Hassan Group has signed a $50 million agriculture investment deal with AMA Group Holdings to use public land to grow crops including sugar, rice and bananas.
Cargill's hedge fund acquires major stake in company acquiring plantations in Mindanao, the Philippines to produce rice, corn, banana and vegetables.
Harassment and threats abound in areas where land grabbing is taking place.
a primer presenting the local situation of oil palm plantations in Mindanao