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Land Buyoffs: Investing in Rural Development or Aggravating Hunger & Poverty?

Land Buyoffs: Investing in Rural Development or Aggravating Hunger & Poverty?

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Published by Glenn Maboloc
Countries like China are buying up hectares and hectares of land in the Philippines –
a trend that may unduly disadvantage small Filipino farmers. Because of decreasing government support for farmers, it is becoming easier for them to sell land than to till it. They are reduced to supply seasonal labor, at low wages and without social protection.
Countries like China are buying up hectares and hectares of land in the Philippines –
a trend that may unduly disadvantage small Filipino farmers. Because of decreasing government support for farmers, it is becoming easier for them to sell land than to till it. They are reduced to supply seasonal labor, at low wages and without social protection.

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Private SectorInvestments in Landfor Food and Biofuels:
Investingin RuralDevelopmentor AggravatingHunger andPoverty?
 
Private Sector Investmentsin Land for Food and Biofuels:
Investing in Rural Developmentor Aggravating Hunger and Poverty?
4F 150 Corporate Center150 Panay AvenueQuezon City, PhilippinesTel. No.+632 929 4470Facsimile+632 927 0499Blogwww.oxfamblogs.org/philippinesEditor:Edgardo SantoallaWriter:Ma. Cecilia delos ReyesDesign:Mervin Concepcion VergaraThis publication was printed using 100% recycledpaper and soya-based printing inks.
Oxfam
is an international aid organization that workswith others to end poverty and human suffering. Inthe Philippines, we work with poor people to sustaintheir livelihoods, and reduce their risks to natural andhuman-made disasters. We strive to enable poorpeople to have a voice in economic issues affectingthem and we support poor women as they lead intransforming unequal social and economic relations.Published by:
 
Private SectorInvestments in Landfor Food and Biofuels:
Investingin RuralDevelopmentor AggravatingHunger andPoverty?
I
n 2007, local officials of the municipalityof Delfin Albano and nearby areas inIsabela province were invited to China byPhilippine Fuhua Sterling AgriculturalTechnology Development Corporation for astudy tour. One year later, the localgovernment of Delfin Albano facilitated thesigning of 25 lease agreements between thecorporation and the small farmer-landholdersof the municipality. These agreements cover350 hectares of contiguous lands in DelfinAlbano, which have been earmarked for cornproduction.Early this year, the local government of SanMariano, also in Isabela, similarly identifiedand facilitated the participation of 91 farmers,including agrarian reform beneficiaries, in alease agreement with EcoFund LandDevelopment Inc.-Green Future Innovations(ECOF), a private company interested inproducing bioethanol from sugarcane feedstockand in building a bioethanol plant in SanMariano. At present, ECOF already has 200hectares for sugarcane nurseries and istargeting to develop at least 1,000 hectaresmore for the establishment of additionalnurseries.The lease agreements in the aforementionedtwo municipalities alone are already extensiveby themselves but they are just a small wavein what’s increasingly becoming a deluge of local and foreign private sector investments inPhilippine agricultural lands, one apparentlytriggered by the increased global need for foodand energy security. For local and foreign
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