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Cambodia daily :
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Kong is not alone. Across Cambodia more than 700,000 people have lost their homes and land due to economic land concessions, many to plantations that supply sugar to some of the world’s largest beverage brands. Sugar cane covers more than 100,000 hectares of Cambodia.
Rights groups say sugar is one of the biggest drivers of land evictions. With the global demand for sugar expected to increase by 25 percent by 2020, advocates warn that more rural Cambodians will be pushed off their land to make room for companies supplying PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, two of the world’s largest purchasers of sugar, according to a new Oxfam report released on 2 October.
“We found evidence that sugar production has a large influence on land rights, and there is more and more evidence of the effects sugar has on land grabs,” said Gertjan van Bruchern, Oxfam’s associate country director in Cambodia.
Huge profits are being made though a scheme by the European Union (EU) called Everything But Arms (EBA), which allows the world’s poorest countries to ship products to the EU duty-free.
Thus, the future for Cambodian politics looks grim and highly uncertain. There is a serious lack of trust and confidence between the two political parties, and it will be difficult for both to return to negotiations and find a political breakthrough until there is a serious compromise from both sides. If a sustainable power-sharing arrangement cannot be found, the country could fall into a short-term political crisis. The implications of this would be a serious setback in the country’s economic development and poverty-reduction efforts …
04 Oct 2013