French Development Agency Recognizes Development Potential of Oil Palm

The developmental potential of oil palm continues to muster support in developing countries. In Ghana, Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), the French development agency, has recently decided to finance a small farmer development scheme for oil palm, which is expected to create 750 jobs. This commitment by the French Development Agency contrasts the anti-palm oil campaigns waged by some French retailers and will form part of Ghana’s larger effort … Read More

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Malaysian Palm Oil Overcoming Challenges to Feed the World

Vegetable oil demand is expected to reach 230 million tonnes by 2022, driven by a world population that is projected to reach 7.7 billion by that time. Palm oil, the world’s most land efficient oilseed, is expected to contribute 100 million tonnes by that time, from a total supply of 52 million tonnes today. Amid these forecasts issued by Asia Plantation and the US Department of Agriculture, environmental activists present … Read More

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Environmental Regulation and Rising Input Costs May Hamper Efforts to Meet Global Food Demand – Says OECD

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an international organization of 34 industrialized countries, recently pointed out that factors including environmental regulation and rising input costs might hurt our ability to meet future demand for food. Its remarks accompanied its estimate that the world will need to increase food and feed production by 60 percent by 2050 to meet rising demand, as populations grow and more people move away … Read More

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Small Farmers Launch New Online Platform to Tell Their Story

The debate over oil palm cultivation and development has considered the crop in isolation, dehumanizing a crop that has fed and provided employment to millions. But much as corn growers in Iowa in the United States, and rapeseed farmers in France, oil palm cultivation has provided invaluable benefits to people throughout the world and history. Among those important benefits, such as the superior land efficiency of oil palms and the … Read More

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Oil Palm Launches Investigative Reporting Series

Oil Palm Launches Investigative Reporting Series

4 July 2012

The Oil Palm launches today a series on issues impacting the global palm oil industry. In today’s first edition, freelance journalist Alex Singleton, goes deep into the heart of the Borneo to hear from experts on the state of the orang-utan and to explore the necessity of a ‘No Kill’ policy.

Sandakan, Sabah – If you listen to Western campaigners, you’ll … Read More

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Environmental Regulation and Rising Input Costs May Hamper Efforts to Meet Global Food Demand – Says OECD

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an international organization of 34 industrialized countries, recently pointed out that factors including environmental regulation and rising input costs might hurt our ability to meet future demand for food. Its remarks accompanied its estimate that the world will need to increase food and feed production by 60 percent by 2050 to meet rising demand, as populations grow and more people move away … Read More

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