India’s growing demand for palm oil offers wide-ranging development opportunities

Global demand for vegetable oils is expected to more than double to 230 million tonnes by 2021, driven largely by developing world demand.  In India – the world’s largest palm oil importer – cooking oil imports are forecasted to surge 44 percent over the next eight years.  Indian consumption of cooking oils is projected to jump to 23 million metric tons by 2020 from 16 million. The bulk of increased … Read More

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Sustainability in a Global Context: Falling Global Deforestation and GHG Emissions

A recent study to assess the potential carbon emissions from palm oil in Indonesian Borneo, known as Kalimantan, has no bearing on the sustainability of Malaysian palm oil industry. Indonesia and Malaysia may share some geographical and cultural similarities. Both are located in South-East Asia, and both are major palm oil producing countries. Both face challenges to achieving national development, and both seek to improve living standards for citizens.

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Singleton: A Royal Perspective on Malaysian Conservation

by Alex Singleton, September 20, 2012

After a three-day tour of Malaysia, what should Prince William and Kate Middleton take back to London about the country?

Well, I hope that they will report back that, contrary to the increasingly hysterical claims of British activists, Malaysia is doing a great deal to protect its environment.

British campaigners sit in front of their designer laptops at fashionable coffee shops in central London … Read More

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A Royal Perspective on Malaysian Conservation

After a three-day tour of Malaysia, what should Prince William and Kate Middleton take back to London about the country?

Well, I hope that they will report back that, contrary to the increasingly hysterical claims of British activists, Malaysia is doing a great deal to protect its environment.

British campaigners sit in front of their designer laptops at fashionable coffee shops in central London complaining that Malaysia is tearing up … Read More

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Minister Dompok Highlights Benefits of Palm Oil in France

People in France, a country known for its iconic fields of rapeseed, sunflowers and vineyards, heard a lot about palm oil last week. Following an advertising campaign by Systeme U, a French retailer, that misrepresents the sustainability and health benefits of palm oil, palm oil producers from the Cote d’Ivoire descended on the country’s capital to advance a complaint before a business tribunal for false advertising. At the same time, Read More

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US Commitment to Reduce Emissions Needs Palm Biofuels; Malaysia Stands Ready to Work with President Obama

During US President Barak Obama’s inaugural address, the president declared that confronting the challenge of climate change would be a priority in his second and last term. While this is a welcome commitment to tackling one of the world’s greatest challenges, ongoing efforts to exclude palm biofuels from the US energy market will significantly undermine President Obama’s ambition.

In January 2012, the US Environmental Protection Agency issued a preliminary ruling … Read More

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Experts Speak Out in Support of Malaysian Palm Oil During Minister’s Visit to Europe

Experts and industry officials throughout Europe are speaking out in support of Malaysian palm oil amid a visit by Malaysian officials including Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities Tan Sri Bernard Dompok and representatives of the Malaysian palm oil industry. Minister Dompok and a delegation of Malaysian government and industry officials are visiting key European markets to meet with counterparts to highlight Malaysian businesses and exports.

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Taking the Malaysian Palm Oil Model Global

The Malaysian model for growing palm oil is going global. There has been prominent news coverage of large-scale investments by Malaysian palm oil companies such as Sime Darby in African countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Sime Darby, for example, secured a 220,000 ha lease in Liberia in 2009  which was its first major palm oil investment in Africa. Other companies such as Singapore’s … 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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