stop land grabbing for palm oil in Uganda
A man stands on the land he has farmed all his life, now taken from him to make way for a palm oil plantation. Kalangala, Uganda. Credit: Jason TaylorLarge scale agrofuels plantations are being promoted as a solution to the climate crisis, yet millions of people are already facing the impacts of land grabs and evictions caused by agrofuels.
Take action now to stop land grabbing for palm oil in Uganda
The Ugandan government, backed with money from the World Bank and other international finance institutions, is grabbing land from communities to plant palm oil for food and fuel in unique islands off the coast of Lake Victoria.
So far, 10,000 hectares have been taken from local communities and indigenous people in Kalangala, many of whom have farmed and fished on their territories for years with customary ownership.
These communities have preserved their communal resources, including natural forests and lakes, for fuel, food and culture for many generations. They are now being driven off their land with little warning or compensation.
Many become casual workers paid less than one dollar a day. Families who used to harvest timber sustainably for their own use from local forests are now forced to enter forests illegally and harvest large amounts of wood to sell in order to survive.
The island which used to have abundant food now faces severe food insecurity and poverty. Communities speak of changes to the micro-climate which is resulting in droughts and human rights' violations over conflicts for resources - with the oil palm company blocking access to wells and grazing land.
The plantation has destroyed forests and the local Government has ordered the mass killing of monkey populations in the area to protect palm oil trees.
The Ugandan government has promised a further 30,000 hectares for oil palm with more funding from international institutions.
Tell the Ugandan government to respect the rights of its communities and its forest policy rather than promoting plantations at the expense of people and the environment.
Take action now!