Cargill launches oil palm sustainability support programme in Malaysia

Shaun Weston25 Jun 2013

Cargill, in partnership with Malaysian-based social enterprise Wild Asia and the international non-governmental organisation Solidaridad, is launching an independent oil palm smallholder sustainability support programme in Malaysia.

The three-year programme will provide technical assistance, training and capacity building to over 2,500 independent oil palm smallholders.

It is one of the first programmes in Malaysia that's focused on sustainable palm oil production through partnerships with independent smallholders, palm oil dealers, mills and refiners.

The goal is to help smallholders employ sustainable palm oil production practices, to bring about higher oil palm fruit yields and increase farmer incomes.

Dr Piers Gillespie, Asia Pacific manager for Solidaridad, said: "This programme is unique as it demonstrates the strength of collaboration when the stakeholders from the palm oil supply chain, both upstream and downstream, work together to produce and use sustainable palm oil."