Forced displacement by African palm cultivation in Colombia

Relationship between African Palm cultivation and forced displacement, municipality of Morales, Colombia. The conflict also involves increased criminal activity on related disputes over land tenure.

Ongoing conflict? no
Conflict type Land use conflicts
Resources agricultural products
Issues 2 cultural, 3 ecological, 3 social, 4 economical
Keywords Palm oil, land use change, Colombia
References Cortés, R. O., & Rodríguez, O. J. A. (2013). Recursos naturales y conflicto: un análisis de la relación entre la palma africana y el desplazamiento forzado en el municipio de Morales, Sur de Bolívar. Diálogos de saberes: investigaciones y ciencias sociales, (39), 43-67.;
Start date 2000
End date 2007
Reason(s) for conflict
Intensity violent action
What are the stakeholders' conflicting values or interests Further research in this case is needed
Barriers for dialogue Kidnappings and murders have been involved in this conflict.
Forums for dialogue National level discussions are needed, since national and international legislation and treaties (e.g. Land Tenure Reform, Free Trade Agreement with US) have greatly influence this conflict.
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation Further research in this case is needed
Comments In Colombia, cultivation of African Palm has generated a transformation of agricultural land ownership which has resulted in a greater concentration of large extensions of fertile lands. This has been characterized by a build up of economic violence in which armed groups and economic actors participate (Molano, 2012). African Palm cultivation has played a causal role in the forced displacement of the population in the municipality of Morales, department of Bolivar, Colombia.