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Zulkarnain, Lubuk Mandarsah, Jambi Province, Indonesia

“We keep fighting. We plant bananas, rice, rubber and other crops…We can only fight by planting.”

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For the people of Lubuk Mandarsah in Jambi Province, Indonesia, farming is more than a way of life; it's an act of resistance. In 2003, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) took the community’s’ customary land and cut down their farms for eucalyptus plantations. After APP harvested the eucalyptus, community members returned to the land and reclaimed it by planting subsistence food crops before APP could replant it with another monocrop pulp and paper plantation.  

Photo: Pakde Prayitno carrying bananas

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