In mid-2019 a Peruvian court sentenced the Tamshi cocoa company for illegal deforestation in establishing plantations in the Amazon, and ordered the company to pay €4 million. DW met a farmer who refused to sell his land to the firm.
Primal rainforest was destroyed largely in Brazil, DR Congo and Indonesia last year to make way for cattle, crops and mining, says the World Resources Institute. The loss equates to one football pitch every six seconds.
At the center of deforestation and land conflicts in Brazil, one small-scale farmer has seen the personal cost to her family and community of speaking up. Her son went into hiding to escape death threats.
A new report reveals a spike in the murder of global land defenders, especially in Latin America. The failure to combat climate change is forcing the most vulnerable to the frontlines, and to pay with their lives.
Farmers around the Peruvian city of Iquitos usually burn parts of the Amazon rainforest so they can grow food in the fertile soil. Now, they're finding alternatives to the destructive practice.
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