‘Sweet grab, sweat labour’ — Malawi sugar plantation exploits

  • 80 farmers displaced from land through exclusive negotiations between chiefs and corporate companies, for sugarcane;
  • Forced to become ’tenants’ and work the land for a pittance, to grow sugarcane for Illovo;
  • Illovo denies accountability, claiming sugarcane is farmed by third party outgrower; ignores court order;
  • Key political actors, including President, resist new Land Bill as it transfers power of domain from ’Head of State’ to State;
  • Some chiefs interviewed opposed losing the right to negotiate sale of customary land, unilaterally.

by Collins Mtika

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