Wilmar International, one of the largest oilseeds corporations in the world is developing palm oil plantations in biodiverse islands off the coast of Lake Victoria, Uganda. The project is a partnership of Wilmar with the Government of Uganda, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Kenyan oilseeds company Bidco. The first phase of the project was completed in 2011, and despite a number of social and environmental problems raised, the second phase of the project is currently going ahead. The second phase will expand palm oil plantations onto several more islands. The project is being promoted as a poverty-reducing endeavour, yet it is causing displacement, food insecurity and deforestation.
Malaysia-based Sime Darby, one of the world's largest producers of palm oil, is developing oil palm plantations in Liberia, swallowing up farmlands and forests used by local communities to sustain their livelihoods. Affected communities have organised to demand from the company and its international shareholders that their rights be recognised.
Photos from the oil spills in Nigeria and photos and media coverage from the October 2012 hearing.
Resources to report on climate justice.
Photos, video and a biography of Nnimmo Bassey. Scroll down for Nnimmo's biography.
Photos of oil spills for reporting on pollution in Nigeria.