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First African Palm Oil Plantation Given RSPO Certification

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Agrivar Agro Industrie Variée has been labelled as the very first African Palm Oil Plantation to be given an RSPO Certification. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) follow a series of strict guidelines which a palm oil plantation must meet to be certified. Agrivar Agro Industrie Variée is based in Bonoua Town, in the Ivory Coast, just 60km south of Abijan. The organisation currently employs a total of 91 people, including 20 women.

This is brilliant news for the palm oil industry, especially considering many foresee that Africa will become one of the leading nations for palm oil production, in the near future. Malaysia and Indonesia currently dominate the supply of palm oil, however they’re recently facing land issues. With Agrivar leading the charge, we expect to see many other palm oil plantations across the region also become RSPO certified over the next couple of years.

Any palm oil plantation which becomes RSPO certified must follow a series of specific internal goals which fall under the following range of different headings:

  • Customer Loyalty
  • Benefits
  • Market leadership
  • Development
  • Employee Engagement
If you’d like to see the full range of RSPO certified palm oil plantations, the RSPO website has a handy list available here.

Palm Oil Conference – POC2012

The Palm Oil And Lauric Oils Conference & Exhibition Price Outlook (POC) is only a week away! The event is held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on a yearly basis. Key players in the palm oil industry attend from over 40 countries annually. The event will be held this year on March 5th-7th, meaning you only have a week left to get registered!

The palm oil and lauric oils conference and exhibition is now into its 2nd decade. The event not only provides attendees with a brilliant networking opportunities, but will also offer a variety of important informative discussions regarding the future of the palm oil and edible oil industries.

If you have any kind of interest in the palm oil industry, then we strongly recommend you attend POC2012. From the event you’ll be able to get quality tips and advice from industry experts. As previously stated, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to network with industry professionals.

This March, huge names will be attending the event, including the certificate trading programme, GreenPalm. POC2012 has been organised by Bursa Malaysia Derivatives, and is extremely important for the development of the price outlook on the palm oil market.

If you’re interested to find out more about POC2012, be sure to visit their official website – http://www.pocmalaysia.com

Palm Oil Protest by US Girl Scouts

Palm oil production causing deforestation is a major topical issue of the moment. That’s why it’s all the more exciting to see 2 young girl scouts in the US raising awareness of the issue, and trying to promote awareness a more sustainable solution.

Rhiannon Tomishen and Madison Vorva have been campaigning against the use of palm oil in Girl Scout Cookies. At the age of 11 the girls began to take an interest in endangered orangutans and the damage palm oil plantations were having on their habitats.

Since this point they’ve been trying to raise awareness of the issue by creating campaigns. Last year they it 70,000 signatures for their campaign. This year they’re currently at over 40,000 signatures for their Change.org campaign, which is asking the Girl Scouts USA to stop using palm oil altogether in any products they sell.

Personally, we don’t feel that the removal of palm oil altogether isn’t the best option. However using sustainable palm oil is a fantastic solution, and as a result we applaud the efforts of Rhiannon and Madison wholeheartedly. We’re hoping to see more major names over the next few years announce that they’re sourcing 100% sustainable palm oil in their products. Until that point we hope more people will continue to help raise awareness of the issues caused by normal palm oil production, and instead we’d like to see sustainable palm oil plantations become the norm.

Palm Oil – Low or High Yield?

It has been said that high-yield palm oil plantations minimize the amount of deforestation, however a recent article published by ‘Environmentalresearchweb’ suggests that this is in fact incorrect. Instead they claim that a study has revealed data which shows that high-yield farming of palm oil actually increases the amount of deforestation than that required for low-yield farming techniques.

A study in the area of the Ucayali region showed that palm oil plantation expansion was 102.3 square km between the years of 2000-2010, of which 80% was due to low-yield plantations. What’s interesting is that only 30% of these low-yield plantations were actually due to forest conversion, compared to a huge 75% of the high-yield plantations. The team then calculated that if this entire palm oil plantation expansion area was high-yield plantations, then 64% less land would  have been required to produce the same amount of crop. However instead a 58% larger area of forest would have been destroyed as a result.

Why is this you ask? The reason is believed to be due to high-yield palm oil farm techniques usually being done by private companies, who have the capital to afford land which hasn’t been cleared in the past. However low-yield farmers usually work as individuals and as a result can’t afford these expensive regions of land, and instead purchase local land-tenure areas.

From this interesting article it’s safe to say that maybe more higher-yield plantations isn’t the way to go, however lower-yield plantations end up using larger amounts of land. Hopefully a balance will be struck, as the issue of forest destruction is one which must be taken seriously.