Homes of chimpanzees destroyed by agribusiness companies – many foreign-owned – who are clearing vast tracts of rainforest throughout west and central Africa to make way for plantations producing palm oil, rubber and other commodities.
Korean rice company, Grace Road Company Ltd, in Navua is looking at investing $10 million in the revitalisation of the rice industry in the country and in expanding its farm.
Somalia’s farmland similar to its neighbouring countries is in danger of falling into the hands of transnational companies often in partnership with governments sometimes supported by the local elites.
The newly created International Land and Forest Tenure Facility, funded by Sweden, will start pilot initiatives to reform land tenure in developing countries.
In a statement released Thursday, The Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (Licadho) said it had registered 10,625 families newly affected by land conflicts in 2014, more than three times the number of families documented in 2013.
25 large tycoon business groups control 3.1 million hectares of the total planted oil palm plantation in Indonesia. And another 2 million hectares of undeveloped land banks under control.
Large-scale agricultural production will benefit private-sector firms rather than poor people, Grain says, noting that financial companies and sovereign wealth funds are responsible for about a third of the deals.
Mozambique, a country wracked by hunger, has signed away land concessions three times larger than Greater London to outside investors in the past decade, displacing thousands of farmers in the process.
The New Zealand farm group arm of the Shanghai Pengxin Group owned by Chinese billionaire Jiang Zhoabai says it plans to double its $500 million of local assets within the next five years.
UN Agency IFAD is robbing poor farmers and farming communities of their land and livelihoods, leaving them destitute, and handing over their wealth for plunder by foreign corporations and profiteering financiers.
Local NGO Licadho says registered more than 10,625 families newly affected by land conflicts.
Customary landowners in Papua New Guinea have been meeting to discuss their next steps following last month's National Court decision to halt the cancellation of flawed land leases.