Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Lessons from the Malaysian Palm Oil community as a model for food security, enviromental sustainability and social progress

"The most efficient of all plant oils,involving minimal land use and certified sustainable, Malaysian palm oil is key in meeting global food and energy demands" Malaysian Palm Oil Council
Photo: Globalrex (Facebook)

Palm oil is a highly efficient vegetable oil, producing up to ten times as much oil per hectare as other oils. That means that less land is used, fewer precious resources(such as water) are used, and more land can therefore be set aside for conservation.

Palm oil is rich in vital nutrients and an important food source for billions, primarily in the developing world.

 The nourishing combination of vitamins-including the rare vitamin E tocotrienols-is a source of nutirients for many across Africa and elsewhere. But the benefits of Malaysian Palm oil are not only for those who consume it.

The Malaysian palm oil community provides a model for ensuring food security, enviromental sustainability and social progress in the future.

"Malaysia is demonstrating that the forest and the palm oil farmers can co-exist, and indeed prosper side by side in the immediate future"- Dr Yusof Basiron, Chief Executive officer of the Malaysian Palm oil council (Photo: facebook)

In Malaysia 40% of palm oil cultivation is undertaken by small farmers: a model of social development on a vast scale that is both highly ambitious and hugely successful.

 Some 300,000 families benefit from farming palm oil in Malaysia and their rural communities, have been lifted out of poverty through the economic dividends brought about by this miracle crop.

These successes have enabled Malaysia to be the leader in producing certified sustainable palm oil, meeting demand from European companies and consumers for responsibly-produced palm oil.

The Malaysian Palm oil industry partners with civil society organizations, such as Wild Asia, to ensure commitments to enviroment and the people are met.

The Malaysian Palm Oil Council is optimistic about this success continuing.

"In Malaysia, the natural enviroment is being sustained and protected alongside palm oil production, which is securing prosperity and economic advancement for the poor.

By 2050 the global population is expected to reach 9billion.

 The  question of how to produce enough food to cope with this growing population is taxing experts around the world. Similarly, the natural enviroment of the planet should be cared for and protected- and the impact of food production on future sustainability is an important part of this equation.

Finally, how will we ensure that a social dividend and genuine prosperity is available to as many of those 9 billion people as possible?

The Malaysian Palm Oil Community has been answering such questions for decades, and provides a model for ensuring food security, enviromental sustainability and social progress in the future.

Source: Business Focus/ Guardian.

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