For years, Friends of the Earth has been supporting farmers in Uganda’s Kalangala Islands to fight back against a palm oil land grab that has turned them from subsistence farmers and fishers, with a small but diverse income stream, into wage laborers on palm oil plantations that were once their own land. See More
Bugala Farmers Association, which claims to represent 100 farmers, petitioned UNDP to cut ties with Bidco after it accused the oil palm company of “grabbing their land, violating human rights and degrading the environment.” Read More
WTS TV in Uganda broadcast a report about the difficulties palm oil farmers are having with Bidco, the edible oils conglomerate. They accuse Bidco of cheating them on a oil palm purchase formula. See More
Farmers in Kalangala held a demonstration today threatening to abandon palm oil growing and revert to other crops like coffee.
The aggrieved farmers are demanding Oil Palm Uganda Limited, a subsidiary company of BIDCO to increase the pay for their produce or lay down their tools. See More
As land grabs by Bidco drive small-holder farmers out of business, a rights group behind a February bid for compensation by 100 farmers says rights violations and environmental degradation are also at stake. See More