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Oil Palm Giants in People’s Land

Monday, July 3, 2023

When people's land is occupied by corporations, how do they survive? Scientists report from Indonesia's oil palm plantations.

 

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We met Ibu Marlina in her home in Sanggau District, West Kalimantan.  She explained the difficult situation she faced after an oil palm corporation took over most of the village land. Her mother, a widow, owned a small plot of rubber she tapped daily for cash, and she grew enough rice and vegetables to feed her five children.

When the oil palm corporation arrived the village head coerced  Marlina’s mother to give up her land

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