Last year, GRAIN (a small international NGO) and the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) jointly agreed for a collaborative project to document the struggle of peasant community affected by palm oil in Indonesia. On June 2013, the Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA) hosted Devlin Kuyek from GRAIN and Pietro Polini of Terra Project. They visited Buol community in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia and they documented the struggle of Buo farmers.
The Buol community, like other indigenous communities in Indonesia, has lived on its ancestral lands for many generations, over thousands of years. Land tenure is held communally, in groups, with the capabilities and distribution of agricultural products based on the needs of each family in each group. Now, the area has been converted into oil palm plantations, office areas, camps for the plantation workers and a CPO (crude palm oil) processing factory.
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On March 24 to 26,2013, the Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA) and the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC), organized an International Fact Finding Mission (IFFM) in line with our advocacy for genuine land reform and in defense of the indigenous people's land,livelihood and the environment against the impacts of landgrabbing in Indonesia. The IFFM team was composed of 32 participants coming from India, Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia. The team exposed decades of legalized landgrabbing by PT Lonsum and called to give back more than 5,000 hectares of agricultural land taken from the Bulukumba people since 1968.
We, participants of the Peoples Global Camp, call for a just framework for trade and development that is geared towards the realization of peoples' economic, political, social, and cultural well-being.
This issue of Education for Development Magazine (EDM) features the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC9) in Bali this coming December, giving sharp focus on the impacts and challenges of unfair trade practices within the WTO, the consistent failure of the Doha rounds and a new multilateral trade
In Indonesia, widespread and intensive exploitation of resources is directly proportional to increased landgrabbing. Since the 1980s, the PT PP London Sumatra (PT Lonsum) supported by the government and the Indonesian National Army and National Police (ABRI) has seized and destroyed hundreds of homes and farms owned by indigenous people in several villages in Bulukumba. The area occupied by PT Lonsum covering 5,748.46 hectares is used as a rubber plantation with leasehold status under the Right to Cultivate or Hak Guna Usaha (HGU).
Sharing with you the full report of the International Fact Finding Mission organized by the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) and the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) on 23rd February to 1st March 2013 on landgrabbing for Tourism Zone in Panama village, Ampara District, Southeast Sri Lanka.