The Secretariat of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) acknowledges the statement by the European Commissioner for Trade, Mr. Phil Hogan on behalf of the European Commission – in response to parliamentary question E-001194/2020 – may indicate a new willingness by Europe to collaborate with palm oil producing countries to foster an even more sustainable supply chain. The Commission recognises the efforts that producing countries and all stakeholders have made and continue to make towards a production strategy that best balances the relationship between man and nature, protects biodiversity and forests, and guarantees not only the most basic human rights, but… Read More

Statement by the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) on WHO’S Infographic on Nutrition Advice for Adults During COVID-19

Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) has sent an objection letter to World Health Organization (WHO) for publishing and disseminating an infographic flyer entitled ”Nutrition advice for adults during COVID-19”. The infographic, published by WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, endorses adults to avoid eating saturated fats, including palm oil. The letter states the following facts that have been verified and discussed at length by the nutritional fraternity over the years: 1. Despite having high saturated fat content, palm oil is the source of the world’s most widely used cooking oil. Palm oil is safe to consume because it… Read More

Co Chairs’ Statement the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of Palm Oil Producing Countries

1. The 2nd Ministerial Meeting of Palm Oil Producing Countries (2nd MMPOPC) was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 18 November 2019.  The Meeting was hosted by Malaysia and attended by representatives of palm oil producing countries from Indonesia, Colombia, Thailand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Honduras, and Brazil. This second meeting was built on the Inaugural Meeting of Palm Oil Producing Countries (IMMPOPC) held in Bali, Indonesia, on 2 November 2017.    2. The Ministers responsible for palm oil from Malaysia, Her Excellency Madam Teresa Kok, Minister of Primary Industries, Malaysia, and from Indonesia, His Excellency Airlangga Hartarto, Coordinating Minister for… Read More

The Environmental Footprint Of Palm Oil

The recent haze crisis saw a greater level scrutiny on oil palm plantations in the region. There was, however, a difference between this year’s event and occurrences in 2015 and earlier: the public in the region generally understood that oil palm was not the root cause of the problem, and that it is much more complex than blaming one commodity for a complex environmental problem. Sadly, oil palm still remains the number-one scapegoat for Europeans when it comes to global environmental problems. It’s therefore worth revisiting the facts about the impact of oil palm, particularly in relation to other commodities.… Read More