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
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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
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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
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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”.
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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


French retailer ordered to halt anti-palm oil campaign

Last week the Commercial Court of Paris ruled against large French retailer – Système U – ordering the company to halt its anti-palm oil advertising campaign.

Palm oil growers celebrated the legal ruling as a victory against anti-palm oil campaigns which discriminate against vegetable oil producers from developing countries.

The complaint was lodged by African palm oil growers after the French retailer launched a public campaign attacking palm oil. Système … Read More


New livelihood opportunities for Malaysian farmers

A new generation of palm oil small farmers are being given an opportunity to own homes and improve their livelihoods, according to Malaysian media reports.

FELDA, the Malaysian Federal Land Development Authority which administers a national smallholder palm oil scheme, is reportedly offering new opportunities for participants under the ‘Sentuhan Kasih’ FELDA programme.

The FELDA programme offers settlers the opportunity to improve their livelihoods by participating in the production … Read More


Exporting Innovative Palm Oil By-Products to China

POIC Sabah Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Dr Pang Teck Wai traveled to China this week to educate participants in a commodities sourcing seminar on the traditional and alternative benefits of palm oil in the world’s largest market for imported palm oil. The event, organized in conjunction with the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) and the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce provided the Malaysian company … Read More


US Government environment agency visit Malaysia

The US Government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently concluded a visit to Malaysia as part of their assessment of greenhouse gas (ghg) savings from palm oil based biofuels. The final assessment will inform the decision of whether palm oil derived biofuels meet sustainability requirements under the US renewable fuel standard.
The field visit to Malaysia comes after complaints that the EPA’s initial assessment could not be scientifically substantiated.

Biodiesel produced … Read More