Oil Palm Launches Investigative Reporting Series

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 hear that palm oil is destroying the rainforest. You’ll … Read More

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Orang-utan population increases in MY protected areas

Orang-utan population has increased by over 20 percent within Sabah’s lower Kinabatangan since the first census was done seven years ago.

According to orang-utan scientist Dr. Marc Ancrenaz, the number of orang-utans living within totally protected areas has increased from 38 percent to 60 percent. Dr Ancrenaz is co-director of the local NGO – HUTAN Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme (HUTAN-KOCP).

Speaking to Malaysia media, Ancrenaz indicated that the increasing orang-utan … Read More

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Orang-utan population increases in MY protected areas

Orang-utan population has increased by over 20 percent within Sabah’s lower Kinabatangan since the first census was done seven years ago.

According to orang-utan scientist Dr. Marc Ancrenaz, the number of orang-utans living within totally protected areas has increased from 38 percent to 60 percent. Dr Ancrenaz is co-director of the local NGO – HUTAN Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme (HUTAN-KOCP).
Speaking to Malaysia media, Ancrenaz indicated that the increasing orang-utan … Read More
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New technology to improve sustainability of MY palm oil mills

http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/11/03/kubota-to-build-cutting-edge-biogas-plant-industry-in-swak/Malaysian palm oil industry has demonstrated ongoing commitment to improving sustainability outputs, with the announcement that mill operators in the Malaysian State of Sarawak will implement a state of the art biogas plant alongside a new palm oil mill.

The mill – expected to be completed in June 2013 and cost around RM 13 million – will reportedly be the first in the world to use new technology that … Read More
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Research highlights socioeconomic benefits of palm oil to rural household

The palm oil industry offers significant socioeconomic benefits in South East Asia, according to a recent study undertaken by the World Agroforestry Centre.

A technical report – Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Palm Oil Production – found that palm oil production is one of the most economically attractive forms of land use throughout South East Asia’s lowland tropics. The study focussed on plantations within Indonesia, with wider relevance for the region’s … Read More
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Malaysian palm oil model on African sustainable development agenda

The Malaysian palm oil model is set to generate considerable development benefits throughout Africa, as stakeholders welcome greater foreign investment in the agricultural sector. The Malaysian palm oil model is recognised as a promising mechanism to foster small farmer agricultural co-operatives that have the potential to drive development and improve food security.

The UN’s African Development Forum – attended by a range of stakeholders including governments, traditional rulers and civil … Read More
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Malaysian efforts to protect orang-utan habitat

A scientific study on orang-utan distribution throughout Borneo has indicated that Malaysian authorities are pursuing an effective orang-utan conservation strategy.

Using data collected over two decades from Sabah, Sarawak and Kalimantan, the study provides an overview of the distribution of potential orang-utan habitats throughout Borneo.
The research highlights the efforts of Malaysian authorit ies in establishing and managing orang-utan habitats under their jurisdiction.
According to Dr Marc Ancrenaz, head … Read More
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Vitamin E in palm oil linked to improved stroke recovery

New research shows that vitamin E from palm oil may save brain cells in the event of a stroke. The study, conducted by Professor Yuen Kah Hay of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) found that 200mg of palm tocotrienols taken twice daily can improve chances of recovery following a stroke.

Yuen began clinical trials after an American study showed that palm tocotrienols had the potential to protect brain cells.
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EU: Malaysia “taking the right [sustainability] initiatives”

High ranking EU official praised Malaysian environmental sustainability initiatives, for simultaneously achieving environmental and economic development goals. The new European Union (EU) Ambassador and Head of Delegation to Malaysia, Luc Vandebon, recently commented that “Malaysia is taking the right initiatives.”

Vandebon highlighted Malaysian provincial efforts in forest management, stakeholder involvement and conservation of tropical forests as a “great example, not only for Malaysia, but for the rest of the region”. … Read More
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Agricultural investment needed to tackle poverty and hunger

The UN has highlighted the need for greater investment in agriculture in order to tackle poverty and hunger in developing nations.

This is precisely the approach taken by the Malaysian palm oil industry, which invests significantly in rural development, smallholder cultivation, and agricultural productivity throughout South-East Asia and Africa.

This was one of the key messages in the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) annual report – State of Food … Read More

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