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Rooted in Violence: The Expansion of Palm Oil in Meta

  • David Maher
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Part of the Rethinking Political Violence book series (RPV)

Abstract

Continuing to acknowledge that civil war and development are not spread uniformly across countries, this chapter analyses the development of palm oil in Meta, the region of Colombia that leads the country’s palm oil sector. Colombia’s palm oil is increasingly exported to international markets. This chapter thus gives insights into how violence can facilitate emerging markets in civil war economies to enter and compete in the globalised economy. The evidence suggests that violence in Meta has benefited the palm oil sector. Acting in concert, Colombia’s military and paramilitary groups have forcibly displaced large swathes of Meta’s citizens, which has cleared land for palm oil cultivation and enabled palm oil firms to expand their operations. The paramilitaries subsequently provide security for these plantations.

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  • David Maher
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  1. 1.Lecturer in International RelationsUniversity of SalfordSalfordUK

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