The process of primitive accumulation provides a lens to understand the current process of land grabbing in Myanmar's Rakhine State - how vast swathes of farmland, the coastal belts, and oil and offshore gas reserves are being captured.
After three years of intensive research, Namati have launched Midcourse Manoeuvers: Community Strategies and Remedies for Natural Resource Conflicts in India, Indonesia, and Myanmar, a groundbreaking resource for frontline practitioners working with communities affected by land use change.
Myanmar should move quickly to settle decades-old claims by farmers forced from their land by the country’s military, said Human Rights Watch in new report,adding that the government should also put new laws in place to protect farmers and other small landholders from further land grabs in the future.
Companies acquired concessions amounting to the size of a small European country, while rural residents of Southeast Asia’s Mekong region saw their landholdings shrink or disappear over the past two decades
South Korea’s Daewoo is one of world’s largest transnational conglomerates and continues to expand a business empire that extends from manufacturing and trade to natural resources like oil and gas, minerals and food.
A leading Chinese livestock and meat processing firm wants to tap supply of cattle from south-east Asia, with a cattle quarantine and slaughtering hub planned for the city of Ruili, on the border with Myanmar.
As Myanmar parliament discusses amendments to the Farmland Law which threaten to further undermine land rights, Global Witness calls to the government of Myanmar to set out a clear vision for land reform before introducing or enacting new laws.