Smallholder challenges in the growing palm oil industry
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2014 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellow Laurie Wissler explores the challenges faced by smallholder palm oil farmers, particularly in Southeast Asia. Smallholders operating less than 50 hectares of land produce about one-third of the global palm oil supply, but their livelihoods are threatened by land conflicts, market vulnerability, and low crop yields. She concludes that action by domestic governments, industry stakeholders, and NGOs is needed to protect smallholders and to continue to meet the growing global demand for palm oil.
This repository item contains a single issue of Issues in Brief, a series of policy briefs that began publishing in 2008 by the Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.