palm oil industries

As Thailand ramps up its palm oil sector, peat forests feel the pressure

Monday, March 27, 2017


Thailand is aiming to increase its domestic palm oil production by up to 50 per cent over the next nine years while at the same time trying to reclaim encroached peat forest from smallholders.

“Look, the peat here is so deep” 61-year-old Preecha Chimtong, a smallholder farmer growing oil palm on his 49-rai (about 20-acre) farm in southern Thailand’s Chumphon province.

The land is spongy underfoot, dark black and sodden, and Chimtong takes one of the metal tools used to pick up the oil palm bunches and easily pushes it deep into the ground to demonstrate.


Accaparement des terres : le groupe Bolloré/SOCFIN refuse le dialogue avec les communautés

Monday, March 20, 2017

Date: 20 mars 2017

Source: FIAN

Une délégation de Sierra Leone, représentant les communautés locales affectées par les accaparements de terres par le groupe Bolloré/SOCFIN est actuellement en tournée en Europe. Suite au refus de SOCFIN de rencontrer les représentants des communautés, des organisations de la société civile et des citoyens mèneront une nouvelle action publique devant les bureaux de SOCFIN à Bruxelles ce lundi 20 mars à partir de 8h45.

Cattle industry lags behind in addressing impact on deforestation

Friday, March 17, 2017

In almost every aisle of the grocery store, you can find products from the palm oil, soy, wood, and cattle industries. Together, these industries are responsible for more than a third of tropical deforestation annually, according to the non-profit organization Forest Trends. While strides have been made by all four industries toward establishing deforestation-free commodity supply chains, the cattle industry has lagged behind the others.

Transforming the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil for greater gender equality and women’s empowerment

Policy Papers & Briefs
May 2016

Gender issues are relegated to the periphery in current debates and approaches concerning the sustainable governance of oil palm in Indonesia. However, ongoing research by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) points to the critical roles that women play as workers, smallholders and members of affected local communities. Gender inequities follow as oil palm expansion displaces local women from land on which they cultivate food crops.