• Allegations widen against Indonesian palm oil giant Astra Agro Lestari
    • Mongabay
    • 09 July 2024

    Allegations of illegal activity and land-grabbing against Indonesia’s second-largest palm oil company continue to mount as a new report reveals the firm’s violations appear to be more extensive than initially documented.

  • El gigante indonesio del aceite de palma Astra Agro Lestari ha sido acusado de deforestación ilegal y acaparamiento de tierras.
    • Natura Hoy
    • 02 July 2024

    Cerca de 18.000 hectáreas de concesiones de aceite de palma de AAL se superponen con tierras forestales de áreas protegidas de Indonesia, afirma el informe de FOE. Diez marcas han suspendido las compras a AAL, mientras Unilever y Olam son compradores y BlackRock poseía el 11 por ciento del grupo.

  • Indonesia’s massive sugar-bioethanol project in South Papua causes locals to fear exploitation
    • Benar News
    • 05 June 2024

    Indonesia is going ahead with a project to convert millions of acres in Papua into a gigantic sugarcane plantation to produce bioethanol. But Indigenous communities and environmentalists worry that the project in South Papua’s Merauke regency will lead to land grabs, ecological damage, and the destruction of traditional livelihoods.

  • Papuans head to Indonesian court to protect forests from palm oil
    • Al Jazeera
    • 28 May 2024

    Representatives of the Awyu and Moi communities from the Indonesian province of West Papua held traditional ceremonies outside the country’s Supreme Court calling for their traditional land and forests to be protected from palm oil plantations. The Awyu have also intervened in appeals taken by two other palm oil companies against a decision to cancel permits that it had previously issued for them to clear Indigenous lands.

  • Kekerasan negara atas nama ”Food Estate”
    • Kompas
    • 17 May 2024

    Food estate yang sudah dan akan dikerjakan di beberapa wilayah Indonesia seolah menjanjikan ketersediaan pangan berkelanjutan dan meningkatkan ketahanan pangan nasional. Namun, di balik semua janji manis, banyak sisi gelap perlu dipertimbangkan secara serius. Semua kajian memperlihatkan ”food estate” lebih banyak membawa kerugian, bahkan kekerasan, terhadap masyarakat.

  • Indonesia to grow 2 million hectares of sugarcane for bio-ethanol fuel development
    • VNA
    • 06 May 2024

    The Government approved Decree 15 of 2024 signed by President Joko Widodo on April 19 to form a task force for the acceleration of sugar and bioethanol self-sufficiency stationed in Merauke district, South Papua province.

  • Minister launches 500,000 hectares of farming land in S Papua
    • Antara
    • 16 April 2024

    Indonesia's Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman and the South Papua provincial government launched 500 thousand hectares of rice fields in the region to increase agricultural production, both regionally and nationally.

  • We're razing forests for palm oil plantations again
    • Mongabay
    • 13 Mar 2024

    Palm oil companies in Indonesia, the world’s top producer of the commodity, cleared 30,000 ha of forest last year to make way for plantations. France-based TheTreeMap used plantation concession data from Greenpeace to identify 53 companies behind the plantation expansion and resulting deforestation, of which 20 had cleared carbon-rich peatlands.

  • Skewed policies in favor of forest-destroying tycoon
    • Pusaka Bentala Rakyat
    • 13 Mar 2024

    Two oil palm plantation companies related to the Fangiono family and Ciliandry Arky Abadi Group are set up in the land belong to the Moi Sigin and Moi Kelim Indigenous communities in Southwest Papua. Fangiono family is one of the richest palm oil tycoons in Indonesia reportedly have taking over 100,000 hectares of land forest areas in the Moi Sigin and Moi Kelim indigenous territory.

  • Brazil prosecutors push to unwind $3 bln paper deal over foreign land ownership
    • Reuters
    • 07 February 2024

    Brazilian federal prosecutors are asking a judge to unwind a 2017 deal handing control of pulp and paper company Eldorado from Brazilian firm J&F to Paper Excellence Group, citing restrictions on foreign land ownership.

  • UAE’s Elite Agro mulls investing in food estate, minister says
    • Jakarta Globe
    • 02 February 2024

    Indonesia's State-Owned Enterprise Minister Erick Thohir recently claimed that United Arab Emirates-based agriculture giant Elite Agro was looking to invest in Indonesia’s food estate project. Elite Agro currently farms in the UAE, Serbia, and Morocco.

  • Indonesia is clearing vast peatlands to grow food. Climate costs are dire.
    • Washington Post
    • 19 January 2024

    The government has not disclosed how much peatland has been razed so far for its Food Estate project but groups say more land, including peat swamps, is set to be cleared in Central Kalimantan, Sumatra and Papua.

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