Russia offers 2.5 million acres of land to Chinese farmers, but will it ease Beijing’s soybean shortage? South China Morning Post | 15 Aug 2018
Russia has made 1 million hectares (2.5 million acres) of arable land available to foreign investors. Far East Investment and Export Agency said that several Chinese companies had already expressed an interest in the deal. But analysts are sceptical about the quality of the plots on offer.
Cambodia: Free jailed land rights activist. Second anniversary of Tep Vanny’s imprisonment Human Rights Watch | 13 Aug 2018
Human Rights Watch call for Cambodian government to unconditionally release prominent land rights activist Tep Vanny who was arrested on August 15, 2016. Other affected land communities have also been heavily harassed through arbitrary arrests, detention, and criminal prosecution.
Organisations back Kuoy land claims Khmer Times | 10 Aug 2018
Two organisations expressed concern over land in Preah Vihear province, Cambodia after Hengfu, sugar company based in China, in 2011 and 2016 granted Economic Land Concessions of more than 42,000 hecatres by the Cambodian government.
Indigenous people fighting for land rights Place | 09 Aug 2018
The right of indigenous people to land and territories is protected by international legal conventions. But campaigners say native groups are struggling with encroachment by governments and logging, mining and agribusiness companies.
On Indigenous Peoples’ Day: International groups demand pullout, accountability of Chinese company in Cambodia PCFS | 09 Aug 2018
Two global movements supporting Indigenous Kuoy communities in Cambodia submit a petition to embassies of China and Cambodia calling for the pullout and accountability of Chinese state-owned enterprise Guangdong Hengfu Group Sugar Industry Co., Ltd.
Chinese firm’s investment in banana farm approved Khmer Times | 09 Aug 2018
Cambodian government yesterday gave green light to a Chinese-owned firm, Longmate Agriculture Co Ltd, to invest in a banana plantation in Kampot province. Three plantatios cover 5,000 hectares of land that can produce up to 14,000 tonnes of bananas according to Cambodia General Director of Agriculture.
Indigenous community in the Peruvian Amazon calls for support to defend forests The Ecologist | 07 Aug 2018
The palm oil industry is causing severe environmental destruction and spiralling violence in the Peruvian Amazon. Investigations of local actions sets out ways in which you can offer support and solidarity.