Farmers on Palawan are being tricked into giving land away to palm oil companies with local government support. Those who resist the land grabs are now in fear for their lives following the murder of a prominent campaigner.
About a hundred farmers and indigenous peoples voiced out their opposition to the expansion of oil palm plantations in Philippines with nine companies from Malaysia and Indonesia, have signaled their intention to invest in Mindanao.
It is critical for farmers and advocates of land rights as well as the general public to understand how and why land grabbing is happening to make a more effective, strategic campaigning to address and stop it.
Singapore-listed firm Black River Capital Partners Food Fund Holdings Pte Ltd has sold most of its stake – pegged at $7.2 million (P331.2 million) – in the Philippine fruit and vegetables company AgriNurture Inc.
Land Inc. is a journey across Brazil, Dubai, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Madagascar the Philippines and Ukraine to document what some define as a form of neocolonialism, and others as a chance for development: land grabbing
NO PALM (Network Opposed to Oil Palm Plantations) established during National Oil Palm Conference held in Davao City on May 9-10 serve as a platform and stepping stone for a broad and strong mass movement against rapid expansion of oil palm plantations in the Philippines.
in Palawan, Philippines traditional farming like ‘slash-and-burn’(kaingin) is antagonized through restrictive legislation to pave way for increase land deals for industrial agriculture, especially oil palm and rubber.