State-backed projects affects hundreds of farmers’ livelihoods

Villagers walk across their plot of land in Kandal province. The plot is part of a large swathe of land that will become the site of a new airport. Picture taken March 2, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Over the past two years, hundreds of families in Kandal and Svay Rieng provinces have seen farmland they have cultivated for years and sometimes decades confiscated by the state as part of large scale development projects.

Svay Rieng provincial authorities place canal land dispute protestors in COVID-19 quarantine

Villagers protesting on August 2 on farmland within the disputed boundary of a Svay Rieng canal restoration project. This week, 60 families connected to the protest were placed in quarantine after two villagers tested positive for COVID-19. Supplied photo.

Sixty families connected to protests of a Svay Rieng canal restoration project have been placed in 14-day quarantine after two villagers tested positive for COVID-19, leading some locals to allege officials are using health measures to force a resolution of the land dispute.

Svay Rieng farmers protest against irrigation project compensation

Villagers protesting on their farmland on Monday. The disputed land is within the boundary of a canal restoration project. Supplied

Hundreds of families with claims to nearly 100 hectares of farmland in Svay Rieng province are protesting against provincial authorities who locals say are forcing them to accept a low price for land compensation to make way for a canal restoration project.