The funds will be used for the procurement of specific agri-commodities from smallholder farmers in Vietnam, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and Uganda as well as the expansion of Olam’s cocoa processing facility in Indonesia.
When Gulf nations face food, security, and water scarcity issues, one response is to seek lucrative agricultural investments in fertile African lands. Yet, while such deals can bring benefits to the countries involved, there are also sizeable risks
More than 35,000 people from 20 villages are homeless after being evicted from about 9,300 acres [3,764 ha] of land in Kiryandongo District to pave way for large scale farming by foreign-held companies
Letter calls on UK, US and Dutch governments to investigate the growing humanitarian crisis in Kiryandongo district, Uganda, where thousands of families are being evicted by an agribusiness company that they are backing.
Companies from countries across the world have acquired fertile Nile-irrigated land for growing food crops, non-food agricultural commodities such as alfalfa, flowers, tobacco, and biofuels, rearing livestock and logging trees.
The land defenders were arrested for defending over 3000 people from being violently evicted by local businessman George Kaweesi, many of whom were previously evicted by Kaweeri Coffee Plantation limited in the early 2000s.
The government has prioritised provision of land to investors, mainly large scale and foreign-based, free of charge or for a nominal sum, under an incorrect assumption that this will result in livelihood improvement for all the people.