November 2013 - General Updates
New presidential decrees attributes land to SGSOC
This November 25th, 2013, the president of the Republic of Cameroon has assigned provisional land concessions to American company SGSOC on an area of 19,843 ha of land in the national domain. The granted land is located in 20 villages in the Nguti, Mundemba and Toko sub divisions of the South West region of Cameroon.
The company is required to invest an amount of 259 billion FCFA for three years of the provisional land lease and shall also pay to the state, a land rent of 198,430,000 million CFA francs for the same during this period.
The reactions of the Centre for Environment and Development (CED) and the Network for the Fight against Hunger (RELUFA) in the following press release
Read the press Release.
New publication from UNAFAS and RELUFA
- In collaboration with UNAFAS, RELUFA produced a source book for teachers on Extractive Industries in Cameroon.
Newsletter of Extractives Industries Program
- Editorial: The Challenge with Mining Projects in Cameroon
- What results for the first year of implementation of the Kimberley initiative in Cameroon
- Analysis of the 2011 EITI report : Cameroon should do better
- Limited Progress in the Evolution of the Kimberley process norme during the intercessional Anniversary from 4th to 7th of June 2013.
- What the validation of Cameroon in EITI does not reveal.
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October 2013 - General Updates
- The Centre for Environment and Development (CED) and the Reseau de Lutte contre la Faim (RELUFA), presents a new report on "Monitoring Local Content and Fiscal Obligations of Mining Companies in Cameroon: Case of the Cameroon and Korea Mining Incorporation Mobilong,East Cameroon". This report analyses the local content and fiscal obligations of the C&K Diamond mining project in Mobilong in the East region of Cameroon as provided for in national laws and regulations and evaluates the level of respect of these obligations by the company.
Read the report
- CED and RELUFA releases a report "Dipossessed at all costs? Remarks on the Process of allocating land to SGSOC in Nguti sub-division". The reports identifies the inconsistencies in the procedures being used for Herakles Farms to obtain a land concession in Nguti in the South West Region of Cameroon.
Read the Report.
September 2013 - General Updates
- Newsletter of the Land and Food Justice Program
- Editorial: Complaint against Herakles Farms.
- Mobilization of the population and CSO's against Herakles Farms yield fairly positive results
- Food Insecurity in the Far North region ceases to be a myth for cameroonian journalists
- Members of PCUSA visit RELUFA and the villages around the Herakles concession
- Echoes from some villages involved in the RELUFA Community Grain Banks
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June 2013 - General Updates
- Newsletter of the Extractive Industries Program
- Editorial: Transparency, Governements and Extractive Industries
- Challenge to the Implementation of the Kimberley Process in Cameroon
- The Distress of the local population around the Mobilong diamond Project
- Corporate Social Responsibility in the Extractive Industries in Cameroon: Retrospectives and Prospects
- Transparency of Extractive Revenues and Local Development in Cameroon: Lessons from the local population of Figuil and Kribi.
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- The Herakles Farms oil palm plantation in the south West region of Cameroon continue to raise concerns following some reports alleging cases of corruption by the company . CED and RELUFA has submitted an OECD complaint in the USA for investigations to be conducted on the corruption allegationst. Read the Press Release.
May 2013 - General Updates
Revenue Watch Institute released its 2013 Resource Governance Index (RGI) on the 15th of May 2013. Read details of the Index data and the report.
RELUFA has issued a statement following the release of the Revenue Watch Resource Governance Index in which Cameroon is grouped among countries in the " Failing" category. Read the RELUFA statement.
April 2013 - RELUFA Food and Land Justice Newsletter
- Editorial: The Herakles Farms (SGSOC) oil palm Plantation Project: The Saga Continues
- The Communication Strategy of the Fair Fruit Project bears fruit
- The State of Cameroon neglects The Right To Food of the People of Mudemba
- The Impact of written Land Laws on Land Rights of Local and indigenous population in Cameroon.
Read the Newsletter.
February 2013 - General Updates
- Second Report on the SGSOC/Herakles Project
The Network for the Fight against Hunger (RELUFA) and the Centre For Environment and Development (CED) have published their second report on the Herakles Farms oil palm project. The report titled “Above All Laws? How an American Company Operates Illegally in Cameroon” exposes the numerous cases of violations of the constitution, international conventions ratified by Cameroon and the laws of the Republic by an American company in their operations to start a palm oil plantation in the south west region of Cameroon. - Read the report.
- New documentary film on Artisanal Mining in Cameroon
Artisanal mining has been the subject of international attention for several years now. For example, Within the Kimberley Process, two declarations from the Working Group on artisanal and alluvial mining were adopted (Moscow Declaration of 2005 and the Washington Declaration of 2012). The Washington declaration focuses on the relationship between artisanal mining, the Kimberley Process and development. This is implicitly the subject of this video titled “Minerals of Hope” that explores diamond mining in the Kadey division of Cameroon close to the border with the Central African Republic. - Watch the Video
- New Publication on Artisanal Mining in Cameroon
Cameroon has been admitted as a participating country in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme since the 14 August 2012. As part of activities within its extractive industries program, RELUFA has made an inventory of artisanal mining in the Kadey division of the east region of Cameroon in anticipation of the implementation of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. What are the challenges we must overcome to fulfill the objectives of this initiative? How long will this last? Under what conditions can the process generate development of the areas concerned? This report sheds some light on these issues. Read the report
December 2012 - General Updates
In June 2011, RELUFA and Other organizations of Civil Society (CED, SNJP, CELPRO, CDJP) published a brochure in french with pratical information on Uranium and its exploitation in Cameroon. Read the english Version of this brochure.
- A press Release for the respect of Human Rights
Monday 10 December 2012 is the global celebration day of human rights.
On this occasion, Read the press release in which the Cameroonian Coalition PWYP demand the respect of human rights and especially to stop intimidation against activists fighting for the protection of people rights who are living near mining sites, case of Figuil / NORTH CAMEROON.
November 2012 - General Updates
- 13 Reasons why SGSOC/Herakles Project in Cameroon must be stopped immediately
RELUFA and CED held a public event in Yaounde on the 9th of August 2012 to enlighten public opinion on the planned Herakles Farms palm oil project in the south west region of Cameroon. Here are 13 reasons why RELUFA and CED think the Herakles project must be stopped.
- Free training program of RELUFA on extractive industries related issus in Cameroon
On Saturday November 17 2012, a certificate award ceremony took place at the RELUFA office following free training for students and civil society activists that RELUFA organized... - Read the full article
September 2012 - General Updates
- A sensitisation workshop on the Kimberley Process on the 14 of September 2012 at RELUFA
On the 14th of August 2012, Cameroon was admitted as participant country in the Kimberley Certification Process. RELUFA is representing civil society in the steering committee of the Kimberley process in Cameroon. In order to clarify the Kimberley process and above all to identify the capacity needs of NGOs working on diamond issues in Cameroon, RELUFA is organising a sensitisation workshop on the Kimberley Process on the 14 of September 2012. This workshop will bring together more than a dozen NGOs including some based in the diamond rich east region of Cameroon. - Read the communiqué announcing Cameroon’s admission in the Kimberley process and the decree fixing modalities for export, import and trade in diamond
- Two reports on the Herakles project in the south west region of Cameroon
The Oakland Institute in collaboration with Greenpeace on 5 September 2012 released a report on the Herakles project in the south west region of Cameroon. RELUFA participated in the field research and our report on SGSOC “ Herakles 13th labour “ inspired the publication of this new report. Read the full report in English
- A Press Release on the withdrawal of SGSOC from the RSPO
Herakles Farms, a New York based agro-industrial company whose subsidiary in Cameroon is Sithe Global Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SGSOC) has just announced its decision to abandon its social and environmental commitments and to withdraw from the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO); the international organization that defines the standards of sustainability in the palm oil sector. This decision was rendered public on September 4, 2012. The Centre for Environment and Development (CED) and the Network for the Fight Against Hunger (RELUFA) have issued a press release on this subject. Read the press release.
- A documentary film co-produced by CED/RELUFA
On Thursday the 6 of September 2012, the Center for the Environment and Development (CED) and the Network for the Fight Against Hunger (RELUFA) organized a documentary film projection at the Muna Foundation in Yaoundé titled “The Herakles Debacle” directed by Franck BIEULEU and co-produced by CED/RELUFA. Read the press release announcing the film projection
July 2012 - General Updates
- After the visit to Cameroon of M.Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special rapporteur on the right to food, a preliminary report was released in which he cites and appreciates the RELUFA Community Grain Bank project particularly on page 7: Below, the English translation of that paragraph.
“The special rapporteur commends the political will to improve the value chain. He believes that the village granaries of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Reseau De Lutte Contre La Faim (RELUFA) deserve to be supported and developed on a larger scale: intended primarily to protect the villages against the consequences of the lean period, they can be the first link in the construction of the value chain allowing small producers to keep and sell their surplus at more favorable conditions. The Rapporteur welcomes the intention to strengthen the cooperatives of small producers drawing lessons from the experiences of common initiative groups (CIG). - Read the report in French
- New Paper on Emerging Trends in land-use conflicts in Cameroon - Overlapping natural resources permits threaten protected areas and foreign direct invest. RELUFA. WWF. CED - Read the full study
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