This historic case against French corporation Bolloré does more than send a strong signal supporting freedom of the press: it is a recognition of the reality for villagers living in the shade of the plantations of SOCAPALM in Cameroon.
Civil society organisations launching a new campaign calling British government for an effective law to require companies and investors to take action to prevent human rights abuses, worker exploitation and environmental harm in their global operations, activities, products, services, investments and supply chains.
In 2011, the plantation management company, Socfin opened a new palm oil plantation in Malen, in south east Sierra Leone. The subsequent eight years have seen a grave property conflict emerge between a number of local residents and the company.
Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is working to bring sustainable palm oil into the “mainstream”. The RSPO aims to advance production, procurement, finance and use of sustainable palm oil products and not shy away from two key challenges on the horizon: winning over smallholders and African producers.
Nearly 700 people from different communities in Kampong Speu province, Cambodia protested in front of the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, seeking a solution to their long-running land dispute with three sugar companies.
Activist from northern Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province urged authorities to release his son and other villagers who were detained amid an ongoing land dispute. The land dispute stems from 8,520 hectares (21,000 acres) concession granted to agro-industrial company Metrey Pheap Kakse Usahakam Co. Ltd.
The collapse of the Bukanga Lonzo agro-industrial park pilot makes it clear that agro-industrial parks are a false solution to the challenges faced by DRC and Africa when it comes to food, agriculture, and poverty alleviation.
The booklet “Promise, Divide, Intimidate and Coerce: 12 tactics palm oil companies use to grab community land” has been launched today by the World Rainforest Movement, GRAIN and an Alliance of community and local organisations united against industrial oil palm plantations in West and Central Africa.
World Bank is launching an unprecedented attack on the commons by pushing privatisation of customary and public land and its sale by auction to the highest bidder. The land indicator’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture rankings prescribes policy reforms to ease access to land for agribusiness.
Corrupt practices in the context of large-scale land-based investments in Africa contribute to the unauthorised conversion of customary land to commercial land, to the detriment of poor rural women's access