Former US Lawmaker Talks Important Role of Palm Oil in Food Security

Malaysian investment in Africa’s emerging palm oil sector have reached significant heights in the past several years, presenting a tremendous opportunity for the country’s rural communities, smallholders and consumers. This was the theme of a recent editorial by former US Congresswoman Eva Clayton in the New Straits Times.

Writing at the time of the international climate change debate taking place in Durban, Congresswoman Clayton expressed concern at the marginalization … Read More

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MPOC CEO: Fact-based Promotion for Palm Oil

Prior to the 9th annual meeting of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil that took place last week in Malaysia, Tan Sri Dr Yusof Basiron, CEO of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, published on his blog a prediction that environmental organizations would use the event as an opportunity to further their campaigns against the crop, at the expense of Malaysia, palm oil producers, and the hungry and poor throughout the … Read More

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Palm Oil Seed Profits Providing for Retired Soldiers

Hundreds of thousands of Malaysians have benefitted from the economic prosperity provided by the palm oil industry. From smallholders harvesting their plots of land financed by the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) to workers in oil mills that contribute to a more sustainable and efficient oil mill process through the use of excess steam for rural electrification, the industry has proven to be a model for innovation and economic prosperity. … Read More

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Palm Oil Seed Profits Providing for Retired Soldiers

Hundreds of thousands of Malaysians have benefitted from the economic prosperity provided by the palm oil industry. From smallholders harvesting their plots of land financed by the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) to workers in oil mills that contribute to a more sustainable and efficient oil mill process through the use of excess steam for rural electrification, the industry has proven to be a model for innovation and economic prosperity. … Read More

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FELDA – Exporting Poverty Alleviation to Cambodia

Since its establishment in 1956, the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA), the world’s largest plantation operator, has demonstrated tremendous success in economic development and societal advancement for some of the hundreds of thousands of smallholders throughout Malaysia that account for 39% of the country’s palm oil production. Thanks to the development supported by the company, rural communities have benefitted from infrastructure development, schools and medical facilities. Meanwhile, as many as … Read More

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Fact-based Promotion for Palm Oil

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) annual meeting is currently taking place in Sabah. As anticipated, the Western NGOs are going on the offensive to mount their ‘attacks’ on the oil palm industry. As expected, they have tried to insinuate and belittle the industry’s effort to promote the good name of palm oil as a misuse of public funds.   The well orchestrated and funded anti-palm oil campaigns by NGOs … Read More

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Blogging Live from the 7th Global Oils & Fats Forum, USA: GOFF 7: Palm Oil Ideal for Addressing Demand Amid Shortage of Arable Land

Speaking at the 7th Annual Global Oils and Fats Forum, Mr Siegfried Falk, of Oil World, reported that the vegetable oil sector is entering into a new era for the industry, as constraints on arable land has reduced the ability for producers to meet ever escalating demand for oils/fats.

Driven largely by growing affluence and populations in the developing world, vegetable oil producers are for the first time unable to … Read More

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Blogging Live from the 7th Global Oils & Fats Forum, USA: GOFF 7: Avoided Deforestation

Following the recent announcement by the European Commission that it would delay consideration of an Indirect Land Use Change Factor in the Renewable Energy Directive until 2016, Tan Sri Dr Yusof Basiron highlighted palm oil’s ability to reduce deforestation globally through the displacement of less efficient oilseeds.

While participating in a forum on the future prospects of the global vegetable oil market, Dr Basiron brought to the attention a fact … Read More

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Blogging Live from the 7th Global Oils & Fats Forum, USA: Dr Basiron: Good Agriculture Practices

During the American Palm Oil Council’s 7th Global Oils and Fats Forum, Tan Sri Dr Yusof Basiron highlighted the efforts undertaken by the palm oil industry to ensure good agriculture practices and the industry’s sustainability.

For instance, the industry has successfully reduced the use of pesticides through the implementation of integrated pest management – for instance using barn owls to control rat populations. And the increased use of leguminous ground … Read More

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Former Bill Clinton Adviser Warns Over Australia Palm Oil Labelling Law

The ongoing debate in Australia over the imposition of mandatory labelling of palm oil in food and consumer goods products has elicited strong reaction from a number of global experts. Just this past week, Dr Robert Shapiro, a former adviser to U.S. President Bill Clinton, published an editorial criticizing the Australian legislation for the detrimental impact it would have on one of Malaysia’s most important industries.

Dr Shapiro commented, “The … Read More

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