Type: Chapter

Sustainability pathways in oil palm cultivation: a comparison of Indonesia, Colombia and Cameroon


Ahmad Dermawan


Otto Hospes

Wageningen University

Publication date:

12 February 2018

ID: 9781786761040-003

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Oil palm development is a major subject in controversies over sustainable agriculture. Economic benefits are very high due to the crop characteristics and its impact on smallholder development and economic growth. Producer countries have targeted oil palm expansion to meet national and global demands for food and energy. However, oil palm development also has considerable environmental costs in the form of deforestation, loss of biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions. In this article, the concept of sustainable pathways is used to describe how sustainability issues are being addressed in three different countries: Indonesia, Colombia and Cameroon.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Conceptualizing sustainable pathways
3 Oil palm production in Indonesia, Colombia and Cameroon
4 Sustainable pathways: challenges and initiatives
5 The dynamics of sustainability: actors, regulations and practices
6 Conclusions: creating sustainable pathways
7 Where to look for further information
8 References