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Southeast Asia programme

Palm oil is economically the most important agricultural commodity within the Southeast Asia region. Proforest's programme work in Southeast Asia focuses on small and medium-sized palm oil producers, who make a significant contribution to regional production.

Expansion has been rapid in the region and the top two producers, Indonesia and Malaysia, account for 85 per cent of global production. Despite the economic benefits, oil palm cultivation has significant potential for negative impacts on biodiversity, climate and local communities through deforestation, draining of peatlands, conflicts over customary rights, and impacts on people’s livelihoods and well-being.

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often operate in scattered areas with inadequate infrastructure and poor access to skills and services to help them move up the value chain. Our programme work focuses on these producers, who otherwise may not have sufficient resources to make changes towards improving sustainability.

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