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The palm oil dilemma: Policy tensions among higher productivity, rising demand, and deforestation

Keith D. Wiebe, Timothy Sulser (), Pablo Pacheco, Alessandro (Alex) De Pinto (), Daniel Mason d'Croz, Ahmad Dermawan, Timothy S. Thomas, Man Li, Sherman Robinson () and Shahnila Dunston
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Daniel Mason-D'Croz ()

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Abstract: Palm oil production has increased rapidly over the past two decades in response to rising demand for its use in food, energy, and industrial applications. Expansion of oil palm plantations presents a dilemma, as they can displace forests and peatlands, leading to biodiversity losses and increased greenhouse gas emissions. Although projections show that expansion of oil palm area will slow with faster yield growth, important concerns remain that will require careful attention from policymakers.

Keywords: palm oils; productivity; supply balance; deforestation; yields; environment; prices; technological changes; markets; palm oil production; palm oil yields; IMPACT model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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