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12 Mar 2015Mongabay
New report: commercial agricultural expansion fueling illegal logging and land conflicts in Myanmar
Myanmar government has been allocating land for large-scale private agricultural businesses in the country’s biodiversity-rich forests at an alarming rate. Between 2010 and 2013, the area of land marked for commercial agriculture has increased from nearly 2 million acres to 5.2 million acres.
12 Mar 2015Mongabay
Local land rights may be in danger from push for palm oil in Liberia
Investment in agricultural production and trade often harms the rights of local and indigenous peoples while failing to contribute significantly to economic development, according to a new report from the Rights and Resources Institute.
12 Mar 2015Reuters
Indonesia palm oil battle pits farmers against big plantations
Singapore-based Golden Agri-Resources, which has oil palm plantations covering 250,000 ha in Indonesia, wants to expand in Kalimantan. Rights groups accuse the company of taking land from local people without free and informed consent.
11 Mar 2015Africa Intelligence Media
Donors warn Ethiopia of Omo conflict risk from rapid sugar plans
Ethiopian Sugar Corp. is tapping loans from Development Bank of China to build six sugar-processing factories and plant 150,000 hectares of sugar cane in the region bordering Kenya. This may exacerbate conflict in the ethnically diverse region.
11 Mar 2015CTV News
Canada risks losing next generation of farmers
Canada's National Farmers Union (NFU) has released an update to its 2010 report, "Losing Our Grip", about growing corporate control of farmland and the acceleration of debt among farmers.
10 Mar 2015Survival International
Ethiopia: tribe starves as dam and land grabs dry up river
The Kwegu, the smallest and most vulnerable tribe in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley, is starving as a result of the massive Gibe III dam and associated large-scale irrigation for commercial plantations on tribal land.
10 Mar 2015RFA
Villagers in northeast Cambodia refuse to give up land for rubber plantation
More than 200 representatives from remote northeastern Cambodian province refused to accept gifts from land concession company in exchange for clearing their communal land for a rubber tree plantation.
10 Mar 2015Shanghai Daily
Vietnamese agriculture sees investment increase from Japan
Interest in Vietnam's farmland is growing due to suitable soil and climate conditions, convenient location relative to markets like China and increasing demand for high-tech agricultural products.
10 Mar 2015Phnom Penh Post
Major tycoons added to concessions watchlist in Cambodia
Fourteen companies have been put on a watchlist by Cambodia's Ministry of Environment for failing to live up to their investment promises. The ministry also said it had reduced the firms' land concessions by 14,000 hectares.
10 Mar 2015The Citizen
Youth activists condemn land given to Chinese company
A group of Namibian youth activists have condemned their government’s intention to approve the lease of 10,000 hectares of fertile land to a Chinese company to grow tobacco for export.
10 Mar 2015Worldwatch Institute
Growing food trade, shrinking self-sufficiency
As the world reaches the limits of available farmland and water for irrigation, countries are turning to international markets to meet domestic food demand. New analysis explores trends and consequences in the international food market.
09 Mar 2015FPP
Forest Peoples Programme complaint against Golden Agri Resources upheld
Palm oil conglomerate criticised for multiple violations of RSPO requirements that lands can only be acquired from indigenous peoples and local communities with their free, prior and informed consent.
Stop the judicial harrassment of land rights defenders in Sierra Leone! Take action to support members of the Malen Land Owners and Users Association defending their lands against SOCFIN.


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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