September 16, 2019

Ngetha Media Association for Peace engaged indigenous communities living in and around Budongo forest reserve about their rights to protect and defend their lands and environment against destruction by large scale agribusiness

Article 42 of the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous peoples states that Indigenous Peoples have the right to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent to actions that affect their lands, territories, and natural resources. In most cases, however, many indigenous communities around the world face a lot of injustices and abuses of their rights to land, environment and natural resources usually caused by states and corporations during development projects. On September 16, Ngetha Media Association for Peace engaged indigenous communities living in and around Budongo forest reserve about their rights to protect and defend their lands and environment against destruction by ill-motivated individuals and large scale agribusiness notably the Kinyara Sugar Limited and other private companies interested in clearing off the Budongo forests for Suhar Cane plantation. Due to the increased demands for land in and around Budongo and Karongo community by sugarcane growing companies and the influx of agri-business actors who are acquiring land to grow sugarcane on a massive scale, forest degradation and land wrangles in and around the community of Budongo are rampant. This is already fueling land conflict.