Comments on: Using degraded land for sustainable palm oil https://www.agricultureday.org Fri, 30 Nov 2012 20:52:48 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: john https://www.agricultureday.org/ideas-marketplace/using-degraded-land-for-sustainable-palm-oil/#comment-16 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:47:42 +0000 http://www.agricultureday.org/?page_id=583#comment-16 I agree with Rivaldo.. I think the poster does not give enough information. It is applaudable to use degraded land for palm oil production, but for the non-insiders like me, I’d like to have more information. If it is only to produce more fuel (even if it is biofuel), to be exported to be big fuel-consuming nations, then i am not sure if there would not be better use to be made of degraded land.
It is a fact of course, I have to admit, that growing palm trees to produce the fuel, will “green” areas that might otherwise degrade even further.

]]>
By: Rivaldo Kpadonou https://www.agricultureday.org/ideas-marketplace/using-degraded-land-for-sustainable-palm-oil/#comment-12 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:17:58 +0000 http://www.agricultureday.org/?page_id=583#comment-12 I think this idea even if it can allows reducing pressure on forested lands, doesn’t target the poor farmers. Firstly, I would like to know for which end the palm oil will be used: is it for the biofuel or for the food or local use? And, if it will be used for biofuel production, who are the producers and who will be the users or consumers? About this last question, there are three alternatives: either it is the multinational firms that grab these degraded lands to produce palm oil for meeting energy needs of developed countries, either it is the smallholder farmers that produce the palm oil and sale its to the multinational enterprises, or it is the smallholder farmers that produce the palm oil which will be use to meet local needs of energy. But, this last alternative which should be more beneficial to local people is less unlikely. Also, will palm oil production on degraded lands not affect land availability for food production? Indeed, in many areas where farmers face to land pressure, they managed to regenerate degraded lands through local practices for growing staple crops. Thus, diverting palm oil plantations to already degraded lands could limit the capacities of the smallholder farmers facing to land constraints and food security challenge.

]]>