Investments in large scale commercial agriculture often come with promises of jobs and additional income but instead mean that small holders are losing their land and possibilities to sustain their families. Human rights are violated, the access to water is threatened and houses of poor standard is offered as compensation. Women are often particularly affected. In Liberia, a country hard hit by a long civil war and conflicts around natural resources, oil palm and rubber plantations have had devastating effects on small holders who have been forced to leave their land and homes. In Indonesia, the expansion of the oil palm sector continues and contributes to deforestation, conversion of arable land and converts the land scape into vast monocultures. What responsibility do investors have for their investments in companies that risk violating human rights, undermining peace building and contributing to a destroyed environment? How can investors ensure that they identify and address risks? How can land rights be secured? A discussion between representatives from civil society in Liberia and Indonesia, investors, tenure specialist and Swedish civil society.
ForumCiv, Swedwatch, Naturskyddsföreningen
Prioriterade målgrupper (max 3)
Civilsamhälle, Tjänstepersoner vid statliga myndigheter/departement, Näringsliv
Radiatu Sheriff-Kahnplaye Talare
Policy Advisor, Natural Resources Women Platform, Liberia
Yuyun Harmono Talare
Campaign Manager for Climate Justice, WALHI, Indonesia