European Tropical Forest Research Network

Established in 1991, the European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) aims to ensure that European research contributes to conservation and sustainable use of forest and tree resources in tropical and subtropical countries.

Publications

Improving smallholder inclusivity through integration of oil palm with crops

This paper presents field experiments and farmer surveys in Indonesia and Malaysia for which support the argument that oil palm production can be much more inclusive for smallholders when it addresses their diverse livelihood needs and resilience. This means going beyond just providing high incomes from palm oil monocultures, and to contribute to more stable incomes and access to food and building material based on a diversity of crops.

This paper was submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of ETFRN News 59 – Exploring inclusive oil palm production, due for release in early 2019. This will contain 20 papers plus interviews, presenting examples of innovative and inclusive palm oil production systems. It will assess what has not worked, but importantly, it will analyse what positive practices and policies have worked for more inclusive palm oil production and why, as we strive towards more collective and sustainable solutions to this apparently intractable problem.

This paper will undergo final editing prior to publication publication of the complete edition, and as such, could differ from the version presented here.  

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Local inclusion in oil palm in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands

This paper presents a variety of innovative participatory processes as part of New Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL) ‘no deforestation, no peat and no exploitation’ expansion and sustainable management. NBPOL is wholly owned by Sime Darby Plantation and has operated for more than 50 years in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. NPBOL has found that local inclusion and certified sustainable practices are a necessity to doing business.

This paper was submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of ETFRN News 59 – Exploring inclusive oil palm production, due for release in early 2019. This will contain 20 papers plus interviews, presenting examples of innovative and inclusive palm oil production systems. It will assess what has not worked, but importantly, it will analyse what positive practices and policies have worked for more inclusive palm oil production and why, as we strive towards more collective and sustainable solutions to this apparently intractable problem.

This paper will undergo final editing prior to publication publication of the complete edition, and as such, could differ from the version presented here.  

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RSPO’s vision and progress towards inclusivity

his paper presents how RSPO and its stakeholders proactively respond and adapt its strategies to emerging challenges, such as a more inclusive, as well as more competitive, innovative transparent and resilient global market.

This paper was submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of ETFRN News 59 – Exploring inclusive oil palm production, due for release in early 2019. This will contain 20 papers plus interviews, presenting examples of innovative and inclusive palm oil production systems. It will assess what has not worked, but importantly, it will analyse what positive practices and policies have worked for more inclusive palm oil production and why, as we strive towards more collective and sustainable solutions to this apparently intractable problem.

This paper will undergo final editing prior to publication publication of the complete edition, and as such, could differ from the version presented here. 

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Oil palm contract farming improves quality of life for family farmers in the Brazilian Amazon?

This paper presents cases of family farmers who signed contracts with agribusinesses to produce oil palm in the northeast of Pará state, Brazil. These initiatives were funded by public policy programmes to diversify national electricity production, and a secondary goal of promoting social inclusion. But, has it improved the quality of life for family farmers in the Brazilian Amazon?

This paper was submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of ETFRN News 59 – Exploring inclusive oil palm production, due for release in early 2019. This will contain 20 papers plus interviews, presenting examples of innovative and inclusive palm oil production systems. It will assess what has not worked, but importantly, it will analyse what positive practices and policies have worked for more inclusive palm oil production and why, as we strive towards more collective and sustainable solutions to this apparently intractable problem.

This paper will undergo final editing prior to publication publication of the complete edition, and as such, could differ from the version presented here.

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Ghana’s oil palm sector, pointing a way towards inclusive development?

This paper addresses the question of what role oil palm companies in Ghana play in promoting sustainable and inclusive development. It examines the contribution of two oil palm companies to sustainable and inclusive development.

This paper was submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of ETFRN News 59 – Exploring inclusive oil palm production, due for release in early 2019. This will contain 20 papers plus interviews, presenting examples of innovative and inclusive palm oil production systems. It will assess what has not worked, but importantly, it will analyse what positive practices and policies have worked for more inclusive palm oil production and why, as we strive towards more collective and sustainable solutions to this apparently intractable problem.

This paper will undergo final editing prior to publication publication of the complete edition, and as such, could differ from the version presented here. 

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Smallholder oil palm in Honduras – A model for sustainable livelihoods and landscapes

In this paper the story of smallholder oil palm producers in Honduras is presented through the personal story of Fausto Martinez an oil palm smallholder.

This paper was submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of ETFRN News 59 – Exploring inclusive oil palm production, due for release in early 2019. This will contain 20 papers plus interviews, presenting examples of innovative and inclusive palm oil production systems. It will assess what has not worked, but importantly, it will analyse what positive practices and policies have worked for more inclusive palm oil production and why, as we strive towards more collective and sustainable solutions to this apparently intractable problem.

This paper will undergo final editing prior to publication publication of the complete edition, and as such, could differ from the version presented here. 

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Latest news

Latest ETFRN news: Zero deforestation: A commitment to change

08-06-17

Several hundred companies, governments, and civil society and non-governmental organizations have committed to zero deforestation initiatives. However, all may not have fully realized the enormousness and complexity of the challenge in committing to zero deforestation, and it appears that some did not know exactly what they stepped into. What is clear though, is that this endeavour is very much at the initial stage of development, and early work and experimentation is showing the way to putting in place what is needed.

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Landscapes and livelihoods. Forest and farm producer organizations share their stories

21-09-15

During the 14th World Forestry Congress, Tropenbos International and partners organized a special side event to share experiences from forest and farm producers. It brought together more than 50 people, who reconfirmed the wealth of knowledge held by producer organizations, and that is being shared and built upon to create change.

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