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While I am still here searching for my answer, what I see now is that:
- Palm oil is unavoidable.
- The palm oil industry provides employment and livelihood for millions; however, it can also takeaway livelihood of others if not well developed.
- It is an important economic development strategy for developing countries but has caused the loss of forests and biodiversity.
- It is not the product (palm oil) but the way it is produced that we need to change.
- How can we all play a role to inspire change? I think we need to set our target right by examining the root causes of deforestation and exploitation.
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Looking back on a week of hard work in cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Great discussions with local stakeholders like #BothEnds (the Netherlands), #FONAP (Germany) and #BASP (Belgium) on issues related to sustainable palm oil production. Thanks to all for their patience and experiences shared!