Competere endorses the paper on smallholders by Solidaridad, CPOPC, and MVOBRIEFING PAPER - Implications of the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) for oil palm smallholders

We wholeheartedly endorse the paper by Solidaridad, MVO, and CPOPC, which provides an invaluable overview of the challenges faced by smallholders in the palm oil supply chain. The paper highlights the potential impact of the new EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) on smallholder inclusivity in the palm oil value chains and emphasises the importance of understanding and addressing the unique needs of these smallholders.

Smallholder farmers play an essential role in the palm oil value chain, contributing approximately 35% to 40% of global production. The paper sheds light on the economic, social, and environmental significance of the palm oil industry and how it is instrumental in transforming the livelihoods of rural communities in palm oil-producing countries. The sector contributes positively to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The future of our Planet depends on the collective ability to promote sustainable practices across all industries. In order for the EU’s efforts to be effective and deforestation and biodiversity loss to be minimized, it is crucial to include small-scale farmers. Excluding them from the European market could encourage them to export their goods more to countries with weaker environmental regulations, thus shifting the problem to other regions.

Together, we can work towards creating a more inclusive and sustainable palm oil industry, which benefits all stakeholders and supports the global goals for sustainable development. 

>> Download the paper by Solidaridad, MVO, and CPOPC <<

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