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What's New - Philippines
“It is considered one of the world’s most beautiful islands, a
still-not-totally-discovered destination where tourists can frolic on
white sands by day and sip cocktails by night in seafront villas. There
are clubs playing house music, jetskis glistening in the afternoon sun,
and yachts moored in the distance.
“El gobierno filipino podría autorizar la expansión de plantaciones de
aceite de palma en más de 300.000 hectáreas. Los pueblos indígenas se
oponen diametralmente -necesitan la tierra y los bosques para vivir.
“Aurora’s governor says the development of a Pacific eco zone will bring
benefits to this poor region of the Philippines. But locals wonder how
long construction jobs will last, and what impact the development of a
port, tourist haven and trading hub will have on livelihoods and the
“With 925 million
people experiencing hunger in the world and at least another billion
suffering from inadequate diets, it is hard not to agree that food is
the ultimate security challenge of our times.
“Agencies, such as the United Nations, World Bank and FAO have shown
concern for the social impacts of ‘land grabs’ and advocate governance
reforms to ensure fairer development outcomes.
“The Philippine Government has depicted oil palm as the “tree of peace”,
of “economic growth” and overall as best environmentally friendly option
for eradicating rural poverty while reducing dependence on imported
edible oils. It also claims that only ‘idle’ and ‘underdeveloped’ land
should be converted into oil palm plantations.
“This document reports on
the environmental and social impact of oil palm expansion on the Palawan UNESCO Biosphere
Reserve in the Philippines. The study is divided in two parts.
“This publication documents the proceedings of a four day conference on ‘Human Rights and Agribusiness: Plural Legal Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Institutional Strengthening and Legal Reform’ (Bali, 28th November – 1st December 2011), convened by the Indonesian Government’s National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM).
I invite you to read this briefing paper prepared - by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) - on challanges faced by indigenous women in Southeast Asia in accessing justice.
Tipping the Balance: Policies to shape agricultural investments and markets in favour of small-scale farmers
A recent wave of large-scale land acquisitions and other commercial
investment in agriculture has raised concerns that small-scale producers
are being marginalized. Worldwide, around 500 million small farms
support almost two billion people – nearly one-third of the global