Palm Oil Debate Betrays EU Commitment to Truth and Science

As an agricultural engineer with more than 20 years of experience working in and around oil palm plantations in Africa and Asia, I am stunned by the shoddiness of the palm oil debate in Brussels. NGOs, which advocate against the production and consumption of palm oil, have lost sight of both science and truth, and EU political leaders appear to have no inclination to re-discover these core values. It is more and more obvious that European Union officials and Members of the European Parliament, in particular, are content to blindly follow NGOs, obsessed with their fight against palm oil, demonstrating… Read More

What Now for EU Trade Policy and Palm Oil?

At the core of the palm oil debate is the issue of trade: palm oil is known as the “world’s most traded edible oil”. The reason for this is simple: it is cost-effective, super-productive, and has many applications in energy, industrial uses and food. But as we are well aware, its impact on global edible oil markets has been nothing short of disruptive.  Palm oil’s market share has more than doubled since the 1980s to become the world’s most consumed vegetable oil. The share of other oils – soy, rapeseed and sunflower – has remained flat or declined. Growers of… Read More

How to Improve the Amsterdam Declaration

The “Amsterdam Declaration” – in place since 2015 and signed by major European Governments including Germany, France, the U.K., the Netherlands and Italy – is the roadmap to a “Fully Sustainable Palm Oil Supply Chain by 2020”. It’s essentially an attempt by these governments to push for only CSPO (which, at the time, was quite clearly defined only as “RSPO”) in all supply chains in their countries by 2020. This meant, in practice, establishing government action (e.g. in public procurement) and pressure on the private sector (many large European members of RSPO were also loud supporters of the Amsterdam Declaration).… Read More

ADVANCING THE CAPACITY OF PALM OIL SMALLHOLDERS THROUGH CROSS VISIT

The programme aims to provide smallholders with a better understanding and face-to-face exchange of views with their counterparts on Best Agricultural Practices. In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia and the National Association of Smallholders (NASH) of Malaysia, the Secretariat of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) conducted a cross visit of Indonesian smallholders to Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, from 2 to 3 December 2019. This programme aims to provide Indonesian smallholders with a better understanding and face-to-face exchange of views with their Malaysian counterparts on Best Agricultural Practices, including sustainability and fire suppression. “…… Read More

Climate Change: Importance of the Global South

Last week’s COP25 Summit in Madrid should be an opportunity to focus attention on a global issue – of concern for all 7 billion people on the planet. Unfortunately, such global gatherings rarely succeed in considering the needs of the 6 billion who live outside of the Western world. Instead, the summit will probably focus media attention on the precocious Swedish teenager, Greta Thunberg, who has become the poster-girl for climate change activists around the world in recent months. She is undoubtedly passionate and charismatic, but her casting as the voice of the global youth does not ring true: ultimately,… Read More

EU’s Action Plan on Forests: The Next Challenge?

However, a new and potentially even more concerning issue is now presenting itself – related to food exports, which are by far the biggest share of the global palm oil market. The EU Commission has presented an ‘Action Plan to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests’. This sounds innocuous, or perhaps even desirable but what always matters with the EU is not the friendly headline but the detail in the regulation. Some of the actions that are described could have significant impacts on palm oil  food exports if they were turned into EU regulation. For example, the EU Commission’s document… 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

Ways Forward for Palm Oil Producing Countries

Kuala Lumpur — Nine world’s major palm oil producing countries convened to deliberate a number of crucial issues in palm oil industry. Jakarta — Nine world’s major palm oil producing countries convened on 18 November 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to deliberate a number of crucial issues in palm oil industry and strengthen collaboration at the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of Palm Oil Producing Countries (MMPOPC). The Meeting was attended by Ministers and other high-level representative from Malaysia, Indonesia, Colombia, Thailand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Honduras and Brazil.Download Speaker’s Presentations ‘’This meeting serves as the platform to increase networking between palm… Read More

The 2nd Ministerial Meeting of Palm Oil Producing Countries (2nd MMPOPC)

Download e-poster Jakarta — Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) is organizing the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of Palm Oil Producing Countries (MMPOPC) to be held on 17-18 November 2019 at Pullman Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The objective of the meeting is to facilitate an exchange of views between palm oil producing countries on the area of common interest such as sustainable palm oil, industrial cooperation, and smallholder development. The CPOPC wishes to explore those areas to work together, to share common experiences to address problems as well as identify and optimize opportunities. The Honorable Minister… 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