[LINK] Higher incomes driving Indonesian smallholders to oil palm and rubber

[LINK] Higher incomes driving Indonesian smallholders to oil palm and rubber

Recent conversion of rainforests to oil palm plantations in the province of Jambi, Indonesia, is threatening not only the forests but also the services it provides. Photo courtesy of Yann Clough
Recent conversion of rainforests to oil palm plantations in the province of Jambi, Indonesia, is threatening not only the forests but also the services it provides. Photo courtesy of Yann Clough

Most of the attention paid to oil palm in Southeast Asia centers on big plantations set up by big companies, and it’s almost uniformly bad for the environment. But less information surfaces about the effects of small-scale oil palm, even as more people switch to farming this crop exclusively.

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