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Media Ref # CIC-1Y7GJDI
Media Name: The Joghban Clan
Author: Jason Taylor for Friends of the Earth International
Copyright: Friends of the Earth International
Added Date: 17/05/2014
License Type: CC License
Release Status: No Release  
Description: In Liberia, the Joghban Clan just demonstrated that stopping landgrabbing is possible when communities stand together, mobilise and resist. The land is the Clan’s most valuable resource as it is their means of survival. They farm food crops like rice, cassava, plantain, and yam. They also hunt and fish. Family farming like this feeds 70% of the world and is crucial in supporting food sovereignty. However Liberia is an extremely food insecure country and imports 60% of its food. The community's resistance began in 2012 when Equitorial Palm Oil began to expand their plantation on to their land. The Clan were united in their opposition, even though they faced intimidation and harrassment by EPO security forces and the police. They lodged a complaint with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and presented a petition to the government. They were jubilant when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf committed to supporting their struggle to protect their land. For more information go to: http://www.foei.org/en/what-we-do/land-grabbing
Keywords: Joghban Liberia land grabbing landgrabbing palm oil oil palm EPO Equatorial Palm OilJogbhan Joghban Clan food local sustainable
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