Resisting Agribusiness Development: The Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in West Papua, Indonesia

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Resource Type
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Creator
  • Ginting, Longgena
  • Pye, Oliver
Collective Title
  • ASEAS – Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies
    6(1)
Publication Date
2013-07-22
Publication Place
Vienna
Contributor
  • SEAS – Gesellschaft für Südostasienwissenschaften / Society for South-East Asian Studies (Editor)
Language
English
Free Keywords
Indonesia; Land Grab; MIFEE; Social Movements; West Papua
Description
  • Abstract

    The Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE), launched in 2010 by the Indonesian government, aims to transform 1.2 million hectares of indigenous and forest land in West Papua into large-scale agribusiness estates for food and bioenergy production. This article looks both at the power structures and geopolitics behind the project and at the emerging resistance to the MIFEE land grab. What is the extent of local opposition to the project? What coalitions between local groups and organized movements and NGOs are developing and what national and international alliances are they involved in? How do they counter the state narrative of MIFEE as a development path for the region? Analyzing key documents of the diff erent organizations and initiatives involved, we examine three distinct but connected narratives of opposition around the discourses of customary forest rights, Indonesian ‘imperialist’ subjugation of Papua, and land reform and food sovereignty. We argue that their relation to each other needs to be rethought in order to overcome internal divisions and to broaden and deepen the social movement opposing the project.
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Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
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  • Is part of
    ISSN: 1999-253X (Online) (Text)
  • Is part of
    ISSN: 1999-2521 (Print) (Text)
  • Is identical to
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14764/10.ASEAS-6.1-9 (Text)

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