Driving through the rural roads of the Tenasserim (Tanintharyi) region in Southern Burma, vast plantation of palm oil and rubber trees stretch on either side of the roads.
Signboards along the roads and in the town proclaim that, ‘Tanintharyi Division is the Oil Bowl of Myanmar’.
Government policy to use vast tracts of farmland and forests for rubber and palm oil is now under scrutiny and has raised many questions by villagers and environmental groups.
Villagers say government policy for contract and industrial farming has a dark side – land grabbing, death threat, displacement and poverty...
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