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18 Feb 2015

Anne van Schaik & Oliver Tickell, Ecologist (UK)

UN, banks and oil palm giants feast on the stolen land of Uganda's dispossessed

A small community in Uganda is…challenging a UN-backed international oil palm venture that has expropriated small farmers and obliterated an entire forest…to establish a vast plantation…[T]hree…[farmers] are today launching their legal action on behalf of the rest of the community against...Oil Palm Uganda Limited (OPUL), demanding the restitution of their land and compensation for lost crops and income… Wilmar…holds at least 39% of the shares in OPUL and is providing technical expertise for the project…[which] is backed by the Ugandan government…and…the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)…[M]any European financial institutions, through their investments in agribusiness projects, are supporting a significant number of what are in fact land grabs in the global South...[Also refers to BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, ING, Rabobank] 

Part of the following timelines

Uganda: Farmers file lawsuit against palm-oil company over alleged land grabbing

Oil Palm Uganda lawsuit (re land grabs in Uganda)