Promised prosperity, drowning in debt

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Ten takeaways: The palm oil scheme leaving Indonesian villagers submerged in debt

An opaque system supposed to improve rural livelihoods has left villagers waiting for profits — and answers

Major brands bought palm oil from plantation rife with modern slavery and torture

Tricked into captivity in a “drug rehabilitation” facility, victims faced forced labour and death

‘The promise was a lie’: How Indonesian villagers lost their cut of the palm oil boom

Communities could be losing hundreds of millions of dollars each year as plantation firms fail to comply with the law.

Prabowo’s food estate ambitions crash into reality

Indonesia’s defence minister promotes cassava on the world stage, but in Borneo his pet project has failed

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