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Millions of people around the world depend on palm oil for their livelihood. As of mid-2016, smallholder farmers produce 40% of the world’s palm oil, but continue to suffer from lower yields. This is why the RSPO wants to certify more smallholders so that they produce more oil using less land and can access new markets, raising their income and reducing the risk of land conversion which threatens forests and biodiversity.

In this section, find out about smallholders and how the RSPO provides them with support and funding towards certification. Smallholders usually work in community clusters and therefore may generally lack access to expertise, capacity building and infrastructure for sustainable practices. However – in the past few years, we have begun to overcome this barrier through increased awareness, training and education, voluntary dedication, funding provisions and systemic vigilance.

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