The communities of the DR Congo want a resolution to a land conflict that dates back to the Belgian colonial period with a palm oil company that is currently being financed by a consortium of European development banks led by DEG.
The peace agreement signed between Makpele chiefdom and Natural Habitat was as a result of concern over land grabbing where large tracts of land in the chiefdom are leased to the commercial investor by a small fraction of community stakeholders.
Dutch-based ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank are structurally involved in scandals concerning destruction of rainforest and land-grabbing in Asia and Africa. Milieudefensie is calling on the banks to cease financing the industrial palm oil sector.
The Weekly Times has compiled a list of more than 900 properties, and their owners, who range from family farms to domestic and international corporate and investment institutions. The result? The big are getting bigger.