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CIFOR explores social impacts of oil palm expansion in West Kalimantan

Published 24 Sep 2015

A study published by CIFOR has analysed the impacts of oil palm expansion in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, highlighting the opportunities and challenges for smallholder communities and identifying negative outcomes for women in particular.

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Survey identifies obstacles and opportunities to smallholder finance in Latin America

Published 20 Aug 2015

The contentious reputation of palm oil, particularly in relation to land and labour conflicts, deforestation and weak governance, is creating the largest barrier to investment in the sector, a SHARP-commissioned study has found. Investors say they are looking for proof of sustainability via certification, something which many smallholders cannot afford or lack the technical capacity to implement. This may hinder access to finance and investment to improve sustainability in small-scale oil palm cultivation.

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Webinar held on sugarcane smallholders

Published 01 Jun 2015

Smallholder development in the sugar sector was discussed in a recent webinar organised by Innovation Forum with speakers from Solidaridad, Oxfam and Fair Trade. The main conclusions were:

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Cameroon’s palm-oil industry makes progress in smallholder inclusion

Published 22 May 2015

Developing a business case for including Cameroon’s smallholders in oil-palm production and wider global supply chains was the underlying concern of the dialogue, support and commitment made at a recent SHARP workshop held in Limbe, Cameroon.

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Financing small-scale businesses and farmers in Ghana

Published 13 May 2015

Findings of a new study from Ghana have illuminated an innovative and little understood financing model from the palm oil industry.

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