Two major rubber plantation companies are under intense pressure from affected communities to immediately halt further illegal expansion and encroachment of their ancestral lands and withdraw from those illegally occupied areas.
Vinamilk, Vietnam’s largest dairy company, has teamed up with Lao and Japanese businesses to build an organic dairy farm and resort in Xieng Khuang province, Laos. The first phase of the farm will cover 5,000 ha and the second phase is expected to expand the farm to 15,000-20,000 ha.
As Bolloré Group heads to its annual shareholder meeting this week, the company is facing a new lawsuit against its Socfin interests, filed on behalf of Cameroonian palm oil workers by a group of NGOs demanding better working conditions for them.
An action of solidarity with the communities affected by SOCFIN's plantations in Africa and Asia was carried out in Luxembourg today during the multinational's General Assembly. About 10 activists participated in the GA to denounce the situation and demand immediate action.
For Saudi state-based SALIC the investment in Hummingbird reflects its ambitions to evolve into a global agribusiness investment company, and is a strong strategic move after its string of farmland deals this past year.
In a complaint filed today, 22 Liberian indigenous villagers say the Salala Rubber Corporation is using World Bank money to expand and operate its Liberian plantations through illegal land grabs, sexual violence and intimidation of human rights defenders.