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Trial of palm oil tycoon Surya Darmadi begins in Jakarta

Palm oil tycoon Surya Darmadi began trial in Jakarta on Thursday over an alleged corruption scheme that deforested tens of thousands of hectares on the island of Sumatra.

‘The promise was a lie’: How Indonesian villagers lost their cut of the palm oil boom
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‘The promise was a lie’: How Indonesian villagers lost their cut of the palm oil boom

When the Indigenous villagers of Tebing Tinggi agreed to give control of their ancestral land to a palm oil company in 1995, it promised to transform their fortunes. The Suku Anak Dalam were subsistence farmers, gathering fruit and hunting game in the rainforest. The deal could give them a cut of a lucrative industry that […]
Raid against Sumatran official uncovers use of slave labor on oil palm farm
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Raid against Sumatran official uncovers use of slave labor on oil palm farm

JAKARTA — A sting by anti-corruption officers in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province has uncovered evidence that a powerful local official allegedly used slave labor on his oil palm plantation. Agents from the KPK, Indonesia’s anti-corruption commission, found 48 men locked up in barred cells during a raid on Jan. 18 at the residential compound of […]
Proposal could redefine palm oil-driven deforestation as reforestation in Indonesia
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Proposal could redefine palm oil-driven deforestation as reforestation in Indonesia

JAKARTA — Across large swaths of Indonesia, forests have been cleared to make way for oil palms, making the plantation industry one of the leading drivers of deforestation in the country. But this inconvenient truth may soon be masked by a sleight being peddled by the country’s leading forestry university to reclassify oil palms as […]
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Palm oil plantations, coal mines linked to deadly Indonesia flood

Environmentalists have attributed recent heavy floods in southern Indonesian Borneo to widespread deforestation for oil palm plantations and coal mines.

Agribusiness giants trading in ‘conflict’ palm oil

Agribusiness giants ADM, Bunge trading in ‘conflict’ palm oil, report says

A report by Global Witness has found that more than 100 Indonesian palm oil mills supplying agribusiness giants ADM and Bunge have been accused of land and human rights violations and environmental destruction.

Indigenous Papuans’ victory over palm oil firm is shaky
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State neglect means Indigenous Papuans’ victory over palm oil firm is shaky

Without this official recognition from the central government, the forest can still be licensed out for agriculture, activists point out.

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