Canadian alternative asset value expert argues that farmers should stop thinking they need to own their land as this is better left to asset managers and institutional investors, like pension funds and private equity groups
A Bangkok court ruled that about 3,000 Cambodians could proceed with a class-action suit against Mitr Phol, the world’s fourth-largest sugar producer. Farmers in Oddar Meanchey province are seeking compensation after the Cambodian government allocated land to the company for sugar plantations.
Today, Cambodian plaintiffs representing more than 700 farming families won a landmark appeal allowing them to move forward with their class action against Asia’s largest sugar producer, Mitr Phol. The transboundary class action Hoy Mai & Others vs. Mitr Phol Co. Ltd. is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
On 17 July 2020, Amnesty International submitted a third-party legal intervention (amicus curiae brief)to Bangkok South Civil Court that grant Class Action Lawsuit (CAL) status to more than 700 Cambodian families who are suing Thai sugar giant Mitr Phol after being forcibly evicted from their homes in 2008-09.
Global Witness annual report into the killings of land and environmental defenders in 2019 shows the highest number yet have been murdered in a single year. 212 land and environmental defenders were killed in 2019 – an average of more than four people a week.
SMTP created BoViMa in 2014 with the ambition of capturing the regional market, supplying beef to islands in the Western Indian Ocean. Its plans remained in cold storage for years. In 2017, the IFC stepped in.
"The Senhuile land-grab is an ongoing process, whose trajectory will depend on the possibility to construct and strengthen alliances among farmers’ and herders’ groups at local, regional and national levels to ensure recognition of pastoral land rights" says Maura Benegiamo
Sayaka Funada-Classen reports that the Japanese and Mozambican governments have announced the termination of ProSAVANA, a huge victory for Mozambican peasant movements and tri-national peoples solidarity