The Indonesian government is failing to protect the rights of communities living on or near peatland converted to commercial agriculture. It is also permitting the widescale destruction of one of the world’s most important carbon sinks, Human Rights Watch said.
Local government in Indonesia’s West Papua province has revoked permits for 12 oil palm concessions that cover an area twice the size of Los Angeles after a recent audit of palm oil concession holders found widespread administrative and legal violations. Activists have called on the government to follow up on the revocation by granting Indigenous peoples access to the rescinded concessions instead of granting new licenses to other investors.
World Bank's regional director says opening up the land market will provide "endless opportunities for Ukraine" and promises farmers "World Bank loans worth millions of dollars" if a bill to establish an agriculture fund is adopted.
The Bolloré Group is a major supplier to the United Nations. The UN pays Bolloré over US$50 million every year for logistics and other services. While Bolloré Group through SOCFIN has been accused of land grabbing and widespread human rights violations for years.
Rural 'vulture' funds have been attracted by rising profits in land where prices rose by 15% last year, and the biggest losers in this game of investment chess are young and active farmers looking for more land.