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.
The RSPO Board of Governors approved a framework for the RSPO Smallholder Strategy, a leap forward in improving smallholder inclusivity. Smallholders produce almost 40 per cent of palm oil globally but are often underrepresented in the RSPO system despite valuable efforts on their behalf. Implementation of this strategy takes one step closer to achieving truly sustainable palm oil supply chains.
RSPO CEO Darrel Webber explores the local challenges and opportunities in Africa; palm oil’s new frontier after a productive visit with stakeholders in Liberia, Ghana, Gabon and Côte d'Ivoire. New RSPO-Africa representative Elikplim Dziwornu Agbitor offers local knowledge, helping to improve stakeholder inclusivity and empower the RSPO with an informed understanding of the complexities of the African palm oil industry.
The RSPO Roadshow held in Surat Thani, Thailand in August 2017 was met with success attracting many more attendees than anticipated, primarily consisting of smallholders. Participants flocked to the event to find out more information on the RSPO and how its certification programme works. At the event, key palm oil retailers committed to purchasing Certified Sustainable Palm Oil produced in Thailand, a major incentive for farmers in the region.
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