November 9, 2017

Press Release and Invitation to Press Conference on “Analysis Paper on the 7th Version Agricultural Land Draft Law”

The Cambodian Grassroots Cross-sector (CGCN), Community Peace-building Network (CPN), and Cambodia Coalition of Farmers Communities (CCFC) are currently working together to promote and protect benefit of farmers in Cambodia. Following the evolution of the agricultural land law from the 1st to the 7th version, we have co-organized consultation workshops at grassroots and regional level with farmers and representatives of farmers and the results of these workshops have been consolidated into a “Briefing Paper”. The briefing paper truly reflects the views, concerns, and needs of farmers. Some of the main concerns in the draft law includes restricting ownership rights through identifying agricultural production and development zones, conditions of freezing lands, conditions of use and transfer of land, fines on farmers, and the over empowerment of agricultural land agents. Additionally, the last remaining natural and public resources will also be completely lost as a result of promoting private sector through agricultural land under agreement or otherwise referred to as “agricultural economic land concession”, agricultural land leasing, and the dissolution of public state land.

A farmer in Kampong Thom province, Mrs. Khiev Khoeum said that “if this draft law really adopted, we, the farmers who are owners of land will not be able to use or manage our land as necessary needed for the family and after that we will face greater challenge for the family’s food supply”.

 Another farmer from Kampong Speu province, Mr. Chea Sopherk confirmed that “the draft law is likely to target the privatization of agricultural sector to achieve the ambition to export rice”. “Government should pay close attention to ensuring local food safety and sovereignty rather than exportation” he added.

Phork Hong, a Kui Indigenous woman said that “we have greater concerns losing our land, rights, tradition and culture of indigenous community especially rotational farming because this law is likely to promote modern agricultural farming and commercial farming for exportation”.

As mentioned above, we would like to invite friends of medias, NGOs and civil society, development partners, diplomats and relevant stakeholders to join Farmer’s Press Conference about impacts and farmer’s position on the latest 7th version of the agricultural land law.

The conference will be held on 7th November 2017 from 9:00am to 11:00am at The Meta House, address: #37, Sothearos Boulevard, Sangkat Tonle Bassak, Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh.

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