28 September 2017

Sustainable palm oil production not attractive to small-scale farmers

Sustainability certification provides little to no financial benefits for small-scale farmers on Indonesian palm oil plantations. Moreover, Western sustainability standards do not align well with Indonesian society. An important reason for this is that small-scale farmers and the Indonesian government are not sufficiently involved in the development of and compliance with Western palm oil standards. This is the conclusion drawn by Nia Kurniawati Hidayat, who will defend her dissertation on the subject next Thursday at Maastricht University (UM).