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Asia: Land grabs threaten food security

Author: IRIN, Published on: 10 June 2009

The problem of land grabbing by foreign investors and governments...extends well beyond the confines of Cambodia...In the Philippines this year, Bahrain secured 10,000 ha for agro-fishery, Qatar leased 100,000 ha, and an unknown company from China leased 1.24 million hectares, though the deal has been put on hold...Such deals are often done in secret…stopping civil society groups from overseeing the terms and defending the rights of local farmers. In Myanmar, Chinese companies have driven farmers off their land to cultivate an oil plant...[refers to Dole]

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Related companies: Dole