The people of Preah Vihear province, north of Cambodia are currently engaged in a struggle for their land and life. Sugarcane fields are slowly replacing their communities due to the corporate takeover of Guangdong-based Hengfu Group Sugar Industry Co., Ltd., a Chinese agribusiness mainly producing diversified sugar products. In 2011, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) granted it economic land concessions (ELCs) covering over more than 42,000 hectares of land in the province. Hengfu’s landgrabbing is one of the prominent land dispute cases in Cambodia.
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Paper read by Rafael V. Mariano, Chairperson Emeritus of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP; Peasant Movement of the Philippines) at the Peoples’ Global Conference against IMF-World Bank.
This paper attempts to highlight the private sectors’ involvement in development cooperation in the context of China’s BRI, the implications for peoples’ access to land and water resources, and a review of mechanisms, if any, to make them accountable.
In time for the second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Cooperation in […]