Almost one third of customary land taken by foreign companies
By Grace Auka Salmang, Post Courier
PAPUA New Guinea is the latest victim in a modern era of land grabs orchestrated by foreign corporations, an investigative report and a film reveal.
President Paul Biya of Cameroon signed three decrees on Monday 25 November 2013 granting Herakles Farms alias Sithe Global Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SG-SOC), a temporal concession of 19,843 hectares of land for three years in South West Cameroon.
There are claims Papua New Guinea has lost a third of its territory to foreign companies, which the think tank the Oakland Institute calls one of the swiftest and largest land grabs in recent history.
The Institute, with the Pacific Network on Globalisation, or PANG, has produced a film called, On Our Land, which documents the loss of land under the Special Agriculture and Business Leases.
PORT MORESBY, PNG --- Papua New Guinea is the latest victim in a modern era of land grabs orchestrated by foreign corporations, an investigative report and a film reveal.
The film, entitled “On Our Land”, was screened on Tuesday at the Holiday Inn in Port Moresby by Oakland Institute and the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) on behalf of PNG partners Act Now! and Bismark Ramu Group.
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Cameroon President Paul Biya has given final approval to New York venture capital firm Herakles Capital to start work on a 20 000 hectare palm oil plantation, despite opposition from locals and conservation groups. Herakles' palm oil project in the South West forest region of Cameroon has been mired in controversy after environmental campaigners including Greenpeace and WWF said it violated Cameroon's laws and could endanger wildlife and deprive locals of their livelihoods.
Le Cameroun a attribué environ 20 000 hectares de terres à la compagnie américaine Herakles Farms pour la culture de palmiers à huile dans le sud-ouest du pays. En mai, le gouvernement avait pourtant suspendu les activités de ce groupe.
Following three separate presidential decress signed yesterday by president Paul Biya awarding the American agribusinnness company Herakles Farms a three year provisional land lease to develop a palm oil plantation in the South West region of the country, Greenpeace Africa and the Oakland Institute have issued a joint release saying they are alarmed by the decision of the cameroon government.