|02 Oct 2015||
Guatemalan activist murdered after court suspends palm oil company operations
A day after a judge suspended operations of a palm-oil company suspected of causing a massive fish die-off on a Guatemalan river, three community leaders were abducted by company workers and an outspoken local teacher was murdered.
|21 May 2015||
Primary rainforest cleared for massive palm oil plantations in Peru
More than 9,400 hectares of Amazonian rainforest has been removed for two oil palm plantations in the Peruvian region of Ucayali linked to Czech entrepreneur Dennis Melka.
|10 Dec 2019||
Revealed: Government officials say permits for mega-plantation in Papua were falsified
Indonesian government have alleged that permits underpinning a multi-billion dollar plantation project in Papua were falsified. The land is being opened up by investors whose identity is hidden behind anonymously owned companies, as part of a plan to develop an oil palm plantation almost twice the size of London in the remote region.
|19 Jul 2019||
In Madagascar, villagers oppose plans for a dam that would inundate their land
Italian company that built a 7,000 ha maize plantation is now behind a dam project that would submerge several villages, forcing hundreds or thousands of people out of their ancestral homes.
|07 Dec 2015||
Inside Indonesia’s highest-profile land conflict
Oil palm plantations have sprung up at breakneck speed across Indonesia’s ravaged hinterlands, eating away at the forests and propelling this country of 250 million to become the world’s sixth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
|25 Sep 2009||
Palm oil developers in Papua New Guinea accused of deception in dealing with communities
While Cargill says it is committed to sustainable and responsible palm oil production across its three plantations in PNG, the firm has been targeted by local and international NGOs, which claim it has polluted rivers and deceived local communities into signing agreements they do not understand.
|26 Mar 2019||
In Indonesia, a company intimidates, evicts and plants oil palm without permits
A state-owned plantation company, PTPN XIV, is evicting farmers to make room for an oil palm estate on the eastern Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The case is one of thousands of land disputes simmering across Indonesia.
|22 Mar 2019||
Liberia’s new land rights law hailed as victory, but critics say it’s not enough
Locked within the legislation is a flaw for those living on the quarter of the country’s land set aside for concessions: it is not retroactive. A difficult truth that is only just beginning to permeate thousands of villages in Liberia.
|03 Nov 2019||
Indonesia protests: Land bill at center of unrest
In recent weeks, Indonesia has seen its largest mass protests since the “people power” movement that forced President Suharto to step down in 1998. Among a variety of pro-democracy demands, the protesters want lawmakers to scrap a controversial bill governing land use in the country.Critics say the bill could be used to imprison indigenous and other rural citizens for defending their lands against incursions by private companies.
|14 Dec 2013||
Indonesian palm oil company demolishes homes and evicts villagers in week-long raid
Nearly 150 homes destroyed in the latest incident in conflict between indigenous Batin Sembilan residents and former Wilmar company.
|21 Oct 2020||
Perú: El avance violento de la palma sobre una comunidad indígena
“Las invasiones no paran, la deforestación no para y las amenazas no paran”, exclama Iván Flores Rodríguez por teléfono desde la comunidad nativa Santa Clara de Uchunya, en el distrito de Nueva Requena, provincia de Coronel Portillo en Ucayali.
|24 Jul 2020||
World Bank-backed attempt to commercialize Madagascar’s beef industry falters
SMTP created BoViMa in 2014 with the ambition of capturing the regional market, supplying beef to islands in the Western Indian Ocean. Its plans remained in cold storage for years. In 2017, the IFC stepped in.
|08 Aug 2016||
Amid epic drought, villagers bitter over Zimbabwean ethanol plant
Locals allege the Green Fuel ethanol plant has grabbed land and displaced families without compensation, polluted water supplies, and failed to pay its workers — leaving them with few options in a region beset by drought.
|23 Dec 2014||
Advocacy group lashes out against palm oil expansion on Philippine island
The Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary announce intention to convert eight million hectares of land to oil palm cultivation across the Philippines, including the island of Palawan. The announcement has proved controversial.
|14 Dec 2020||
Grilagem no Cerrado baiano resvala na Cargill e em fundo de pensão dos EUA
Fornecedora da Cargill, a SLC Agrícola desmatou, em 2020, mais de 5 mil hectares de Cerrado para cultivar soja em Formosa do Rio Preto (BA).
|07 Aug 2020||
Probe begins into alleged deforestation by Olam, ‘world’s largest farmer’
An investigation is carried out into whether Singapore-based agribusiness giant Olam deforested more than 25,000 hectares (62,000 acres), in contravention of sustainability criteria it had signed up to, in order to develop oil palm plantations in Gabon.
|29 Mar 2019||
How land grabbers co-opt indigenous ritual traditions in Papua: Q&A with anthropologist Sophie Chao
Industrial-scale agriculture poses considerable risk to the indigenous peoples of Papua. Anthropologist Sophie Chao has studied the often fraught relationship between Papuans and plantation firms, and the mechanisms through which indigenous people are compelled to give up their land.
|09 Aug 2018||
Community vs. company: A tiny town in Ecuador battles a palm oil giant
In 2000, palm oil company Energy & Palma bought land in northern Ecuador, home to Afro-Ecuadorian community of Wimbi. Provincial court ruled in favor of the company and ordered evacuation of Wimbi community but they refused to leave. This is only one part of a long ongoing legal battle between company and community in Ecuador.
|31 Jul 2018||
Así se roban la tierra en Colombia
“En la Amazonía están tumbando los territorios baldíos, para luego buscar que se les formalice la tierra. Esto ya tiene que parar"
|10 Oct 2017||
Indonesia for Sale: in-depth series on corruption, palm oil and rainforests launches
The investigative series Indonesia for Sale, shines new light on the corruption behind Indonesia’s deforestation and land rights crisis. The stories expose the role of collusion between palm oil firms and politicians.
|06 Mar 2014||
Clash with palm oil company leaves one indigenous community member dead in Sumatra
A member of the Suku Anak Dalam indigenous community was killed and five others were injured during a clash with security forces on an oil palm concession owned by PT Asiatic Persada in Sumatra.
|17 Aug 2020||
Indonesia pushes rice estate project despite environmental red flags
The Indonesian government is pushing ahead with a plan to grow crops on a Puerto Rico-sized area of peatlands, despite criticism from experts and a history of similar failed projects.
|07 Jul 2020||
World Bank’s IFC pumped $1.8b into factory farming operations since 2010
Over the past 10 years, the World Bank’s private investment arm has sunk more than $1.8 billion into major livestock and factory farming companies across the world.
|23 Jun 2020||
Indonesian court jails indigenous farmers for ‘stealing’ from land they claim
A court in Indonesia has sentenced two indigenous farmers to eight and 10 months in prison for harvesting palm fruit from land whose ownership is contested by the community and a palm oil firm, PT Hamparan Masawit Bangun Persada. The ruling appeared to ignore evidence showing that the villagers are the rightful owners of the land
|01 May 2020||
‘We are invisible’: Brazilian Cerrado quilombos fight for land and lives
In the Brazilian Cerrado, on the nation’s agricultural frontier, rapid deforestation by expanding agribusiness, depletion of water resources, and an unsympathetic government are further complicating the resolution of the long-time struggle over land rights.
|17 Mar 2020||
Palm oil firm has farmers jailed for harvesting from land it stole from them
PT Hamparan Masawit Bangun, an affiliate to one of palm oil trader Wilmar International suppliers, has been operating illegally on community lands in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Now the company accused three indigenous farmers of stealing palm fruit from the land, an emblematic case of how corporations can weaponize law enforcement against communities over land disputes.
|23 Sep 2019||
Les investisseurs de l’huile de palme industrielle peinent à s’implanter en Afrique
Ces dix dernières années, vingt-sept concessions agricoles destinées aux plantations de palmiers à huile en Afrique occidentale et centrale ont fait faillite ou ont été abandonnées.
|24 Apr 2019||
Not in my backyard: Indonesian official fights corrupt palm concession
A district chief in Indonesia is seeking to overturn ministry decision approving a request that would allow a palm oil company to clear forest for plantation in Buol district, Sulawesi. The company initially get the concession after bribing the previous district chief.
|21 Nov 2018||
Tax havens and Brazilian Amazon deforestation linked: study
Between 2000-2011, 68% of all investigated foreign capital to 9 top companies in soy and beef sectors in the Brazilian Amazon was transferred through tax havens. Soy and beef production cause major Amazon deforestation.
|07 Sep 2017||
Philippine palm oil plan ‘equals corruption and land-grabbing,’ critics say
With its renewed promotion of what it calls the “Sunshine Industry,” the Philippine government is looking to cultivate another one million hectares of oil palm, 98 percent of which would be on the island of Mindanao.