Ugandan farmers take on palm oil giants over land grab claims

Guardian| 3 March 2015
By Alon Mwesigwa in Kalangala

Some of the farmers evicted from their land in Kalangala, Uganda, to make way for palm oil plantations. Photo: Alon Mwesigwa
Before the bulldozers came, Magdalena Nakamya harvested coffee, cassava, avocado and jackfruit on her three-hectare (seven-acre) plot on Kalangala, an island in Lake Victoria.  But on a July morning in 2011, Nakamya, 64, awoke to find yellow machines churning up her land and razing the crops she had grown in a bid to make way for palm oil plantations.  “No one came to talk to me before they destroyed my crops,” says Nakamya. “I heard that some people were given money, but I didn’t receive anything.”  – See more at: http://farmlandgrab.org/post/view/24606-ugandan-farmers-take-on-palm-oil-giants-over-land-grab-claims#sthash.754TJZ6T.dpuf

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