Myanmar

One giant land grab

Myanmar's new land law amendment has its roots in a British colonial notion of “wasteland” that consciously undermines customary land claims of highland communities to the benefit of foreign investors and tax collectors.

Myanmar land ownership law could displace millions of farmers

Under a land reformation act, millions of farmers across Myanmar could be forced from land they have tilled for generations. In an open letter, a national grassroots coalition, called for the government to "abolish" the law and "enact a federal law that safeguards people's integrity, their lives and livelihoods."

After decades of conflict, land deadline looms for Myanmar villagers

As refugees began to trickle back, many found their land had been taken for parks, military use or leased to palm oil concessions and rubber plantations. From 2011 to 2016, about 1.9 million acres of land across Myanmar were allocated for agricultural concessions including rubber and palm oil.

Kachin’s plantation curse

Illegally banana plantations backed by obscure nexus of Chinese investors are making quick profits for some, but fuelling land conflict and environmental degradation in Kachin province, Myanmar.

The strategic importance of Rakhine State

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.

New report pushes back against global land rush

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.