The "BigMa" rice-corn blending initiative of listed firm AgriNurture, Inc. and groups of indigenous peoples in Mindanao will devote vast tracts of idle land for planting white corn as an alternative to reduce dependence on imported rice.
Agrinurture Inc. is in talks with the Department of Justice through the Bureau of Corrections over the development of about 2,000 hectares of property into an integrated agri-tourism corn plantation in Palawan, Philippines.
An indigenous people's group on Friday filed a case against Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu for neglect of duty, saying he did not block the "illegal" operation of a coffee plantation in ancestral land.
Palm oil plantations in Indonesia and commercial fruit orchards in the Philippines have uprooted indigenous people and rural communities from their land, despite laws put in place to protect them, human rights groups said.
The Peoples Coalition on Food Sovereignty demands the members of the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank stop funding projects, especially China’s Belt and Road Initiative, that result in landgrabbing.
The Xinfadi Market has already established its own plantations in more than 8 countries, including the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand, to guarantee low prices and high quality for fruit imported to Beijing.