Slow replanting of palm a blow to Indonesia's efforts on environment

January 22, 2019 EcoVadis ‏‏‎

An ambitious scheme to replant about a fifth of the land under palm oil in Indonesia is running far behind schedule, marking a blow to efforts by the world's top producer to lift yields and fend off attacks on the sustainability of the crop. The target of replanting 2.4 million hectares of palm grown by smallholders with quality seedlings by 2025 comes as Indonesia and Malaysia, the world's No. 2 producer, face a backlash in Western countries over the environmental toll of the edible oil.

EcoVadis's insight:

The demand for palm oil is huge and rising. However, palm oil cultivation is a major contributor to deforestation. Sustainable agriculture is the only way to maintain economic performance while halting the damage to the environment and farming communities. 

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