Forum on land reform highlights ongoing issue of land grabbing in Indonesia

AGRA (Alliance of Agrarian Reform Movement Indonesia) | February 23, 2010

Press Release by Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA) or Alliance of Agrarian Reform Movement Indonesia



Jakarta, Indonesia.  Indonesian group Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA), or Alliance of Agrarian Reform Movement, held a forum on land reform on 15 January, 2010, in Jakarta.  The forum was part of the international People’s Year of Rice Action (YORA), jointly coordinated by Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP).


The forum was attended by 100 people including small farmers, landless peasants and consumers.  It aimed to highlight the politics of land reform within the current Indonesian administration and develop a plan of genuine land reform implementation.

In addition to discussions, a paper prepared by AGRA was distributed to the participants.

The paper explored the new phenomena of national and global land grabbing both for the interests of food/rice production and energy, the food crisis and the responses from the peasant movements to these land grabs.

Responses from the peasant movements to land grabbing were highlighted, especially the importance of reclaiming rights over land.  There was a strong call genuine agrarian reform, guided and implemented by the peasant organizations.  The group agreed that educating the peasant movement would be a key to genuine land reform implementation and the position of peasant movements as strong political bases in the future.

For more information on how you can get involved in YORA, please visit www.panap.net/yora


YORA is jointly organized by people's organizations in China, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh in collaboration with the Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP). It runs from 4 April 2009 to 4 April 2010.


For more information, please contact:

Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA)

Erpan Faryadi, Secretary General

Tel: +62 226611419, +62 81320460079

[email protected] or [email protected]
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