Life changed when former bank manager Pornsiri Raknukul took a more hands-on role in her oil palm farm. Today, being part of an RSPO-certified farmers’ group has allowed her to experience the benefits of sustainably cultivating palm oil—including increased yield.
At the recent Youth India Challenge in Mumbai, RSPO’s Kamal Prakash Seth challenged young people to do their part in contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in terms of consumption and production.
The 15th annual Roundtable Meeting (RT15) and The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) 14th General Assembly (GA14) ended on a positive note with emphasis on inclusivity, accountability, and commitment to transforming the market together.
The United Nations Environment Project (UN Environment) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) have signed a small-scale funding agreement (SSFA) that aims to support oil palm smallholder farmers toward improved livelihood and sustainable production
"We're not doing this to get rich, but to feed ourselves. That is our story." Dongkin family, Smallholder of Air Kuning, Perak.
Oil palm has been grown on wet, organic peatlands for decades, but such cultivation has taken its toll on the land, leading to productivity loss and drainage. The result: dangerous, destructive peat fires that produce greenhouse gases and endangering human life and animal habitats. Rehabilitation and alternative use can still save this rich soil, however.
Poor farmers in the Kigoma region of Tanzania live off land that has been passed on through generations. Seed Change, a community-based organisation, is changing their lives by educating them on sustainable oil palm cultivation to reverse land degradation, with help from RSPO’s Smallholder Support Fund (RSSF).
Palm oil is a US$40-million global industry, but also one allegedly fraught with irresponsible practises, from deforestation to child labour. Citing their main goal of making sustainable palm oil the norm, RSPO’s Global Outreach and Engagement Director takes on the issues, discusses what has been accomplished, and touches on the work that lies ahead.
The potential of sustainably produced palm oil to help biodiversity conservation, and the opportunity for leading zoos and aquariums to drive global consumer demand was the focus of an agreement signed today, between the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), at the 72nd WAZA Annual Conference in Berlin.
Dengan nasihat dari Wild Asia dan pengiftirafan RSPO, pekebun kecil ini berjaya menjaga persekitaran dengan lebih baik.
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