Cambodia

Cambodia urged to rethink Chinese ties, land policies to recover from pandemic

People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty, GRAIN, and Ponlok Khmer urged the government of Cambodia to return disputed land from Chinese company Hengfu Group Sugar Industry to the Khmer and Indigenous Kuy communities. The groups expressed solidarity with the Indigenous Kuy people who continue to assert their legitimate land rights even amid the global health crisis.

Vietnamese agribusiness giant HAGL destroys indigenous lands

The agribusiness company, Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL), pledged to World Bank in 2015 to return land within its rubber concessions to local communities. But as residents have sheltered at home due to COVID-19, the company has cleared much of the land.

Poor families claim land concession sold to others

A group of 160 poor families from the Bunong indigenous community in Mondulkiri province, Cambodia have filed a complaint against their representative, accusing him of selling land earmarked for them as part of a social land concession. The 160 families were entitled to 2,400ha to be divided between them but as of now, most of the poor families had not received their plots.

再见 Hengfu (Goodbye, Hengfu)

Almost a decade since government of Cambodia granted 40,000 hectares land concession to five Chinese companies believed to be subsidiaries of a single Chinese owned firm, Hengfu. The whole project that affected indigenous Kuoy community has now fallen apart.

Massive Chinese sugarcane firm disappears from Preah Vihear

Chinese sugarcane concessionaire Rui Feng and four linked firms seemed to have shut down their operations in the combined 40,000-hectare sugarcane plantation in northern Cambodia, with little public notice of the closure. All firms have faced multiple land disputes, especially with indigenous minorities.

Local firm exports first batch of bananas to China

Vietnam's HAGL Agrico, which has 18,000ha of agricultural land worth about US$400 million in Ratanakiri province northeast Cambodia, has shipped its first batch of fresh bananas from its Cambodia plant to China

Chi Khor Leu land dispute resolution reached

Ninety-five out of the 317 families who were locked in a long-running land dispute with sugar company since 2006 in Cambodia accepted the solution to end the dispute under a compromise negotiated by the Koh Kong provincial authority.