Agribusiness large-scale land acquisitions and human rights in Southeast Asia

Updates from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Burma

The rapid diffusion of large-scale land acquisitions facilitated to promote export-oriented agriculture and land development, pose multiple challenges to host countries in terms of: preserving national sovereignty; ensuring national and local food security; having adequate institutional capacity and legal frameworks to regulate rapid changes in land ownership and use; providing tenurial security to both citizens and investors; ensuring that land acquisition from local communities and indigenous peoples is done fairly; guaranteeing respect for human rights; providing for rule of law and access to justice; preventing negative impacts on the environment and; avoiding negative impacts on the political economy and the undermining of sound landand forestgovernance.
The series of studies of which this is the overview are a contribution to the analysis of these issues. The aim of the studies has been to pull together in a simple form, updated information about large-scale land acquisitionsin the region, with the aim of identifying trends, common threats, divergences and possible solutions. As well as summarising trends in investment, trade, crop development and land tenure arrangements, the studies focus on the land and forest tenure and human rights challenges.

Mise en ligne : 11 septembre 2013 | Mise à jour : 11 septembre 2013 | Auteur : Eric Léonard