World Rainforest Movement

Another lie from oil palm companies: they claim to prevent violence against women

Posted on Mar 9, 2018

“12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm Monoculture Plantations” has been updated. The publication now includes a chapter about how oil palm companies lie when they say they respect women’s rights.

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Press release: Women demand that oil palm companies stop violence and give back community land

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

International Press release. March 7, 2018. Women demand that oil palm companies stop violence and give back community land On 8 March,...

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Cameroon: Urban and Rural Activists Against Industrial Plantations’ Abuses Towards Women

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

From rapes, forced body searches and searches of private spaces, to the risk of losing their lives: this article calls on us not to be accomplices to the violence women living around tree plantations in Cameroon suffer.

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Indonesia: Exploitation of women and violation of their rights in oil palm plantations

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

The expansion of oil palm plantations in Indonesia has turned women into landless food buyers and cheap labour, with no adequate safety and health protection, for the plantation companies.

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Guatemala and Colombia: Women facing oil palm plantations

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

Contamination of water sources, deplorable working conditions, and sexual blackmail in exchange for work, are some of the kinds of violence against women living in and around oil palm plantations in Guatemala and Colombia.

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Cameroon: Local women besieged by the military, guardians of the palm oil plantations of SOCAPALM

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

A woman from the village of Mbonjo 1, Cameroon, which has witnessed the impact of industrial palm oil plantations and the constant presence of the military, calls for international solidarity and protection of right to life and freedom.

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Liberia: Women raising their voices in decision-making processes

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

The voices and stories of forest-dependent women are often rejected, unheard or silenced, which makes it easier for companies to grab community land. But what happens when they start to raise their voices?

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Indonesia: Oil palm plantations and their trace of violence against women

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

Women suffer many types of violence committed by oil palm plantations companies’ employers, security forces, police and military, which subsequently reinforce patriarchy and their roles and relations within society in general.

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Covered under the shade of oil palm companies in Cameroon: A recount of the abuses that women suffer

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

Plantations are increasingly surrounding and engulfing communities. Women must walk through company-occupied lands in order to seek their livelihoods. This, among other things, can cost them their lives.

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Certifying oil palm company Socapalm despite evident abuses

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

The sixth and latest issue of the magazine “Trait d’Union“, a trimestral magazine and liaison of the associations of populations...

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Documental: “Monocultura: La expansión de los monocultivos en América latina”

Posted on Feb 20, 2018

(Only available in Spanish). Documental sobre la expansión de monocultivos de palma aceitera y piña en América Latina, realizado por Aldo Santiago, periodista mexicano independiente, y Claudia Ramos, integrante de la organización Otros Mundos A.C./Amigos de la Tierra México. Duración: 35 minutos. Idioma: Español.

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Sign the petition! African women demand that oil palm companies give back their land and stop the violence

Posted on Jan 17, 2018

Support African women! Sign the petition included on this article by filling the form enclosed below. Organized women who live around...

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Indonesia: Oil palm, money and power

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

The commercial power of the oil palm industry in Indonesia is intertwined with politicians and government authorities at the highest...

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Women say, “We want our lands back!”

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

Large-scale monoculture plantations “rob women of everything they have as they take the agricultural lands and forests that women depend...

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SOCFIN’s plantations in Africa: many places of violence and destruction

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Photo: SOCFIN In 2016, the multinational agro-industrial SOCFIN Group – controlled by the Belgian Fabri family (50.2 per cent of the...

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Flying planes with palm oil? Oil palm companies could be the ultimate winners from ICAO’s “alternative fuel” plans

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

From 11th to 13th October, Mexico City will be hosting a High-Level “Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels” convened by the...

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Port Loko Declaration: Women say “We want our lands back!”

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

Click here to download this declaration in English   Women and the expansion of industrial oil palm plantations   We, leaders of...

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Harassed by palm oil company, villagers in Thailand defend land

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

In November 2012, two women were found dead at the edge of a palm oil plantation. The death were understood as a clear warning to the Klong...

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Mobilization to denounce the abuses of the SOCFIN company, which has the Bolloré Group as major shareholder

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Hundreds of people who live in the vicinity of SOCAPALM and SAFACAM plantations went to SOCAPALM headquarters in Bonanjo, Douala, Cameroon,...

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The Seed of Despair: Communities lose their land and water sources due to OLAM’s agribusiness in Gabon

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

“In these supposedly win-win contracts, I would like to know what our communities are gaining. On the contrary, we are losing and...

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Manufactured demand: The policy drivers behind the relentless growth of palm oil

Posted on May 15, 2017

In Indonesia, the world’s biggest palm oil producer, oil palm plantations expanded ten-fold between 1985 and 2005/06, to 6.4 million...

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“Green” oil palm plantations are a scam: The case of OLAM

Posted on May 15, 2017

How do major oil palm companies manage to get their palm oil sold as a “green”, “sustainable” and “climate-friendly” product...

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Women and Traditional Oil Palm: A Struggle for Life

Posted on May 15, 2017

Marie Crescence Ngobo coordinates the Sustainable Development Actors Network in Cameroon (RADD, by its French acronym). RADD works with...

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Interview: “Sustainable palm oil from industrial oil palm production does not exist”

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

SwissInfo in conversation with Kartini Samon from GRAIN on the impacts of industrial oil palm production on communities and on the role of...

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Forest in India’s North East

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

  The region typically known as “India’s North East” or also referred to as just “North East” is linked tenuously with...

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Main initiatives to expand tree plantations in Latin America, Africa and Asia

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

Years before governments adopted the Paris Agreement, international initiatives promising millions of hectares of reforestation and forest...

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Video: Herakles – “Wrong project in the wrong place”

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

The short video shows how the large-scale oil palm plantation project has negatively impacted the lives of thousands of community members,...

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Cameroon: Peasant association calls on Socfin to act on promises

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

The National Association of Peasant and River Populations of Cameroon, Synaparcam, called for peaceful marches on 14 November on roads...

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Kam puni ya ku towa mawese ka tika DRC ikiungwa mkono na misaada ya maendeleo inakabiliwa na migogoro ya ardhi na kashfa ya fedha

Posted on Nov 4, 2016

SWAHILI. Ripoti hii iliandaliwa na umoja wa shirika za kiraia za DRC na Ulaya. Ni muendelezo wa ripoti ya mwezi wa Juni mwaka 2015 ambayo...

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New report: Land conflicts and shady finances plague DR Congo palm oil company backed by development funds

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

2 November 2016. European and US development funds are bankrolling palm oil company Feronia Inc despite land and labour conflicts at its...

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Entwicklungsbankkunde in der Kritik Landrechtskonflikte und undurchsichtige Finanztransaktionen bei kongolesischer Palmölfirma

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

GERMAN. Der Bericht wurde von einer Gruppe von Nicht-Regierungs-Organisationen aus der DR Kongo und Europa erarbeitet. Er vervollständigt...

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Société moko ya mbila na RDC ézali kosungana na lisungi ya tombwa ekutani na ba mikaatano ya mabele mpe ya misolo

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

LINGALA. Lapolo oyo esalemi na lisanga ya balobeli (société Civile) ya RDC mpe baye ba Europe. Ekomami na bolandaka lapolo mwa sanza ya...

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Land conflicts and shady finances plague DR Congo palm oil company backed by development funds

Posted on Nov 3, 2016

This report was produced by a coalition of civil society organisations in the DRC and Europe. It builds on a June 2015 report that brought...

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12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm monocultures plantations – new layout

Posted on Sep 26, 2016

This report aims at strengthening the struggles of all those who are opposing large-scale oil palm plantations in the global South. After...

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Declaración de la Red Latinoamericana contra los Monocultivos de Árboles – RECOMA

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

Only available in Spanish or Portuguese 21 de setiembre de 2016 Día Internacional de Lucha contra los Monocultivos de Árboles Descargar...

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Palm Oil’s Toxic Legacy in Sayaxché, Guatemala – by FoE

Posted on Sep 15, 2016

Saul Paau, a Q’eqchi’ Mayan community leader, describes the environmental and social devastation wrought by the palm oil industry in...

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Protect Liberia’s unique forest heritage!

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a palm oil company, holds hundreds of thousands hectares of land as an agricultural concession. GVL is now...

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Protect Liberia’s unique forest heritage!

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a palm oil company, holds hundreds of thousands hectares of land as an agricultural concession. GVL is now...

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West African women defend traditional palm oil

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

A video produced by GRAIN shows how rural women in West Africa are working to protect traditional palm oil production in the face of the...

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Peasant mobilizations in Cameroon

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

Socapalm and Safacam are two companies controlled by Socfin, a multinational agribusiness specialized in the cultivation of oil palm and...

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Strategies and tactics companies use to promote the expansion of oil palm plantations in the face of resistance from surrounding communities

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

From January 28-31, 2016, in Mundemba in southwest Cameroon, two international meetings took place on the expansion of oil palm...

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DRC: Communities mobilise to free themselves from a hundred years of colonial oil palm plantations

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

Oil palms are native to the forests of Central and West Africa and inseparable from the region’s peoples and their cultures. Communities...

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Let´s stop further destruction by Bidco Africa industrial oil palm plantations

Posted on Jun 10, 2016

Dear friends, we ask for your support. Our colleagues from the No2Bidco Campaign in Uganda and Kenya have contacted us to request support...

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Mundemba declaration and statement of solidarity

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

Women, communities say NO to the expansion of oil palm plantations and industrial palm oil Each year on 17 April, peasants and food...

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Statement of solidarity with the communities of Ndian Division, Southwest Region of Cameroon

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

We are 40 participants who have united in Mundemba, Cameroon, for an international workshop on the tactics and strategies of oil palm...

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Mundemba Declaration: Women and the expansion of oil palm plantations and industrial palm oil

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

Women resist industrial palm oil (Photo: JVE-Cameroun) Considering that the aspiration to human dignity is a common ideal for humankind,...

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Press Release of the Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations, in solidarity with the peoples of Nueva Concepción, Escuintla in their struggle for the liberation of the Madre Vieja River

Posted on Feb 16, 2016

On February 9th and 11th, 2016, over 200 residents of Nueva Concepción, Escuintla, Guatemala, held an action that was historic for their...

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Jail term for villagers opposing Bolloré/Socfin’s palm oil plantations in Sierra Leone as trial of French journalists starts in Paris

Posted on Feb 10, 2016

10 February 2016 | Press release – A day before the start of yet another trial brought on the Bolloré Group against French...

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Up in Smoke: Failures in Wilmar’s promise to clean up the palm oil business

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

A report by some of the Friends of the Earth groups shows how some of the fires that affected Indonesia’s forests in the last months can...

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Forest fires in Indonesia: Why is the media looking away?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

An article from “The Guardian” highlights how despite fire raging across over 5,000 km in Indonesia, the media “dominated by...

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Philippines: Resisting Land Grabbing and Corporate Oil Palm Plantations

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

In early November, a gathering of peasants and indigenous peoples from Mindanao, Bohol and Palawan, denounced the government’s plan to...

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Burning Season In Indonesia What have industrial plantations and the Indonesian State done to the islands’ forests?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The Scale of Disaster The forest and land burning madness is going rampant again in Indonesia. Up to November 16, the Global Fire Emission...

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Banking on biodiversity in Sabah, Malaysia

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The trade in biodiversity credits has been positioned as a solution to the problem of biodiversity loss (especially orang-utan habitat) in...

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Why the RSPO facilitates land grabs for palm oil

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

**This article is based on a conversation between Winnie Overbeek, the international coordinator of the World Rainforest Movement, and...

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Honduras: palm plantations and violence under the auspices of the World Bank

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

An article in the newspaper “El País” shows the intense violence experienced by the people of the valley of Bajo Aguán, in...

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Malaysia: Human trafficking and workers’ abuse in palm oil plantations

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

Malaysian palm oil industry, which produces 40 per cent of the world’s palm oil supply, is growing but, according to labourers and...

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Gender impact of oil palm plantations among indigenous peoples in Sarawak

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

An article from the recently launched book “Gender and Land Tenure in the context of Disaster in Asia”, examines the impact of changing...

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Forests under siege: Liberia may intensify forest destruction

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

“The world’s forests remain under threat from illegal logging… Illegal logging perpetuates corruption, undermines livelihoods, fuels...

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West Papua Oil Palm Atlas: The companies behind the plantation explosion

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

During the last few decades, Indonesia’s oil palm industry has been growing rapidly, but with the vast majority of this expansion on the...

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Brazil– mining company VALE promoting oil palm in Pará: Impacts of the “green economy”

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

In the 19th century, the region around Belém, capital of the Amazon State of Pará, Brazil, witnessed the so-called...

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Democratic Republic of Congo: “We need justice to be made”

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

Interview with Jean-François Mombia on oil palm plantations Could you tell us what is the RIAO-RDC (Information and Support Network for...

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Financialized capital and palm oil corporations

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

The surging global demand for palm oil has produced windfall profits for the industry and turned oil palm plantations into hot targets for...

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Industrial oil palm plantations: A model that violates forest-dependent peoples and their territories

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

To mark the International Day of the Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations on September 21, WRM, together with organizations and...

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Palm oil concessions for logging: the case of Herakles Farms in Cameroon

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

  With palm oil consumption predicted to triple by 2050 – and with current production mostly concentrated in Indonesia and Malaysia...

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Exploitation and Empty Promises. Wilmar’s Nigerian land grab

Posted on Jul 9, 2015

By Friends of the Earth US, Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria. Wilmar International1 is one of the world’s largest palm oil...

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Bolloré and Socfin count their profits in Luxemburg while conflicts persist in their African and Asian plantations

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

While the shareholders of Socfin hold their annual general meeting at the Bel-Air Hotel in Luxembourg on 27 May, 300 people from six...

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Wilmar International: Destroying lives for profit

Posted on May 6, 2015

The radio program Growing Voices, from Radio Mundo Real, discusses the impacts of the highly criticized Wilmar International, one of the...

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African resistance to land grabs by plantation companies Bolloré and Socfin

Posted on May 6, 2015

Peasant farmers deprived of their lands launch a series of occupations on Socfin’s plantations in Cameroon, Liberia, Cambodia and Côte...

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Intensification of land grabbing and more concentration of land ownership in the era of “green capitalism”: News from Indonesia

Posted on May 6, 2015

  On April 17, farmers around the world celebrated the Day of Peasant Struggle, in tribute to the 19 peasants of the Landless Workers...

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From Africa’s Palms

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

Aljazeera’s People and Power TV program released a video on the social and environmental consequences of oil palm plantations in...

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African local livelihoods under threat as palm oil producers capture more lands

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

Booming global demand for palm oil and limited room for the industry’s expansion in Asia have led large palm oil producers to look...

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Washing out Diversity: The impacts of oil palm plantations in Palawan, Philippines

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

Oil palm plantations in Palawan, as elsewhere in the Philippines, are portrayed as a key solution to lower greenhouse gas emissions and as...

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Guatemala: Grassroots organizations criticise palm oil roundtable consultation  

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

Several grassroots organizations in Guatemala released a statement criticizing the public consultation process of the corporate social...

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India plans huge palm oil expansion, puts forests at risk

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

While Malaysia and Indonesia produce over 85% of the world’s palm oil, India is its largest importer. To boost palm cultivation, the...

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DRC: handing lands for industrial oil palm plantations, REDD and foreign investors

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the largest continuous rainforest area in Africa, which is one of the largest in the world....

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The curse of palm oil in Cameroon: Pollution, expropriations and land grabbing

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

Local communities affected by the oil palm plantations from the Société des Palmeraies du Cameroun (SOCAPALM) are waging an all-out...

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Indigenous Peoples and farmers from Palawan in the Philippines submit a petition -signed by more than 4,200 people- to the government calling for a moratorium on oil palm expansion province wide – Press Release

Posted on Oct 16, 2014

Joint IPs/Farmers Coalition Hits Oil Palm Expansion in Palawan A press release by the Coalition against Land Grabbing (CALG), 13 October,...

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International declaration in solidarity with the peoples of Honduras in the face of the expansion of African palm plantations in their territories

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Representatives of organizations from different Latin American countries and of international networks met together in La Ceiba, Honduras,...

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“Planet Palm Oil: peasants pay the price for cheap vegetable oil”, publication by GRAIN

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Producing cheap palm oil comes at a high price: destruction of rainforests, labour exploitation, and brutal land grabbing. With lands in...

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Forum in Honduras denounces impacts of African palm expansion. “They are growing palms everywhere and leaving us without food.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Rapid expansion of African palm cultivation in Honduras has had profound social and environmental consequences for the black, indigenous...

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Honduras: Criminalization of the Garifuna people defending their territory from the advance of the African palm

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

  In the early 17th century, during the colonial era, shipwrecked Africans reached the Caribbean coast, inhabited by the Kalinagu or...

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10th Anniversary of the International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Plantations

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Dismantle the power of transnational plantation corporations! There is no “smart monoculture”: Support the People’s Climate...

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Nuevas tendencias en la expansión de los monocultivos industriales de árboles en América Latina

Posted on Sep 23, 2014

Only available in Spanish and Portuguese. Download here the full document in pdf format in Spanish or in Portuguese Documento informativo...

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In view of the serious situation caused by expansion of Monocultures of African Palm in Honduras – International Declaration

Posted on Sep 12, 2014

In the framework of the Latin American forum on “Large scale monocultures in Latin America, land grabbing and threats to biodiversity and...

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Collection of videos about the impacts of large scale industrial oil palm plantations

Posted on Sep 8, 2014

Continuing with the communications for September 21st, this time we would like to share with all of you a collection of videos that we have...

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Monocultivos de árboles en América Latina: situación laboral y destrucción de economías locales

Posted on Aug 29, 2014

Only available in Spanish By the WRM and RECOMA Download as pdf here Las empresas que promueven plantaciones en gran escala de monocultivos...

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Land grabber’s paradise: Cameroonian environmentalist faces trial, while charges against his attackers mysteriously “disappear”

Posted on Jun 17, 2014

Press release by GRAIN | Oakland Institute | World Rainforest Movement Contacts: Nasako Besingi, Struggle to Economize Future Environment...

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Licence to Launder

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

A report by Greenpeace that reveals how the oil palm plantation being developed by the US based Herakles Farms in the southwest region of...

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Cameroon: Call to action against Herakles Farms

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

In a context of massive land concessions in Cameroon over the last five years, apresidential decision in 2013 to grant the US based company...

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Victory over Malaysian land grabbers in Papua New Guinea

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

The people of Collingwood Bay in Papua New Guinea have won back their land from Malaysian loggers and oil palm companies after a hard...

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Support the Jogbahn Clan in Liberia: Tell Equatorial Palm Oil NO means NO!

Posted on May 13, 2014

Dear friends, our friends from Liberia are requesting our support. The Jogbahn Clan in Liberia is fighting to keep their home....

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Nigeria: Stop Corporate Land Bazaar in Edo State!

Posted on May 7, 2014

Okomu Oil Palm Plc, the Dangote Group and United Food Industries Ltd representing Indonesia’s Salim Group are to benefit from plans...

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RSPO: fake promises promoting further oil palm plantations expansion

Posted on May 7, 2014

Industrial oil palm plantations have been expanding in many countries in the global South, increasingly in Africa and Latin America,...

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Metamorphosis of destructive logging companies

Posted on May 7, 2014

It does sound like a bit of a fairy tale. Multinational companies destroy forests and trample on human rights. Then, international...

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Malaysia, Sarawak: Native customary landowners continue to protest against large scale oil palm plantation schemes

Posted on May 7, 2014

The State Government of Sarawak has issued a provisional lease for an oil palm plantation scheme to Woodijaya Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of...

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Indonesia – Interview with Sawitwatch about the impacts of industrial oil palm plantations in Indonesia and the experience with the RSPO

Posted on May 7, 2014

With about 11.5 million hectares in 2011, Indonesia concentrates the biggest area of industrial oil palm plantations globally, followed by...

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Indonesia – How RSPO addressed concerns raised against First Resources, one of its members

Posted on May 7, 2014

A short video “Manufacturing Consent”, (4) shows how PT Borneo representatives came to the Muara Tae village on 18 August 2011, asking...

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Liberia – RSPO’s inability to address root causes of the conflict related to Sime Darby’s operations

Posted on May 7, 2014

One would expect that RSPO members also uphold RSPO principles and criteria when they expand their operations on the African continent,...

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Nigeria – RSPO legal opinion ignores core of the complaint against Wilmar International subsidiary Biase Plantation Limited

Posted on May 7, 2014

The government of Cross River State, Nigeria has given the go-ahead for development of large scale oil palm plantations, including on...

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Brazil – Discourse of “innovation” contrasts with a reality of life in conditions akin to slavery for workers employed by one of Agropalma´s suppliers

Posted on May 7, 2014

Agropalma started its activities in 1982 and according to its website, has since grown to become “the main producer of palm oil in Latin...

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