GVL rebuked for “coercing” communities in Liberia

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

An investigation the world’s leading palm oil certification body has confirmed that a litany of social abuses have been committed by a major plantation firm in Liberia.

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ANALYSIS: Scandal-ridden Malaysian plantation firm is the cause of smallholders’ problems, not the EU

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

A Malaysian government agency which has morphed into one of the world’s largest plantation firms has hit back at a vote by the European Parliament in favour of phasing out palm oil from biofuels, claiming it will harm the poor farmers it claims to represent. But is it Felda, mired in allegations of corruption and dodgy land deals, that is actually the farmers’ worst enemy?

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Nestlé to phase out palm oil sourcing from Guatemalan company linked to toxic spill

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

The move by Nestlé follows that of US agribusiness giant Cargill, which suspended its business relationship with REPSA in November last year.

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Indonesian National Strategic Area loses thousands of hectares of forest in 2017

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Almost 7,000 hectares of forest were destroyed in the Leuser Ecosystem, in the western Indonesian province of Aceh, in 2017.

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Illegal deforestation hit big ag firms where it hurt – in the pocket

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

A new analysis of three major agricultural firms implicated in illegal deforestation reveals how it affected profitability, led to multi-billion dollar decline in market capitalisation and huge losses for investors.

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Colombian community activist who stood up to plantation firms is shot dead

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Hernan Bedoya defended the collective land rights of Afro-Colombian farmers as well as local biodiversity in the face of palm oil and industrial agriculture expansion. He was allegedly shot dead by a neo-paramilitary group on Friday, December 5.

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Big ag trader drops Guatemalan firm linked to toxic spill

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

The US agribusiness giant Cargill has suspended its business relationship with a Guatemalan oil palm firm that caused a massive toxic spill, impacted the food security of thousands of families and then sought to block their access to justice.

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Shots fired at environmental defenders in Peru

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Shots were reportedly fired at members of a community and indigenous peoples’ organisation investigating land invasions by an oil palm company in Peru earlier this month.

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Illegal plantations threaten Sumatran tiger with extinction

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

A study examined 15 landscapes on the island of Sumatra that provide habitat for the tiger and found that a fifth of the forest cover had been lost since 2000, largely due to palm oil plantations.

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New data indicate deforestation in Indonesia is reaching record highs

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Forest loss in Indonesia is reaching the highest levels since detailed measurements began according to new data published this week by the World Resources Institute, amid weak law enforcement and a failure to address the root causes of the crisis. Total tree cover loss was recorded as 2.4 million hectares in 2016, up from 1.7m ha in 2015 and exceeding the previous record, set in 2012.

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Indonesian state court failing to enforce $26 million Supreme Court palm oil fine

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

A state court in Indonesia is failing to enforce a Supreme Court ruling requiring a palm oil firm to pay US$26.5 million for illegal clearing with fire in the Tripa Peat Swamp, a vital orangutan habitat in the Leuser Ecosystem.

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Worker exploitation still widespread on Indofood palm plantations

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

A new report has exposed allegations of ongoing worker exploitation by Indonesian food giant Indofood, the country’s sole producer of PepsiCo branded snack food.

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Wave of deforestation and land conflict threatens Colombia in wake of peace deal

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Colombia’s forests are facing an uncertain future as the disbandment of guerrilla group FARC opens previous no-go areas to business and agriculture. Deforestation increased by 44 percent in 2016, with most illegal clearances concentrated in remote rainforest areas previously controlled by the guerrilla fighters. Elsewhere, land conflict has already broken out in former FARC strongholds.

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Bad ag campaigner arbitrarily detained in Cameroon

Friday, October 27th, 2017

A campaigner who led community opposition against a controversial palm oil plantation in Cameroon has been arrested, amid growing political tensions in the West African nation.

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Plantation firms defy moratorium to continue clearing Sumatran rainforest

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Oil palm plantation firms are continuing to clear rainforest in the Leuser ecosystem on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, in defiance of a moratorium on deforestation. Leuser lost 3,941 hectares of forest cover between January and July 2017, according to local watchdog Forest, Nature and Environment of Aceh (HAkA).

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