How to strike the balance between economic development and conservation outcomes

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Proposed by Musim Mas

Singapore, February 15, 2022 /CSRwire/ – Palm oil major, Musim Mas Group (Musim Mas or “the Group”), Switzerland’s top-ranked university Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich (ETH Zurich) and IPB University (or the Pertanian Bogor Institute) in Indonesia, are delighted to announce a research collaboration for five years. The collaboration aims to investigate the conditions under which supply chain sustainability initiatives can lead to reduced deforestation in the palm oil sector in Indonesia while keeping producers inclusive. In particular, the joint research will measure how Musim Mas smallholder programs, such as the Smallholder Centers, can contribute to these sustainability goals.

Together with ETH Zurich, Musim Mas will collaborate to produce longitudinal research on oil palm smallholders and measure the impact of its work on smallholders. Starting in December 2021 in Sumatra, Indonesia, the study will be one of the first in the industry to see what it takes to balance environmental and economic considerations to make supply chain initiatives work.

Researchers from the Environmental Policy Lab (EPL) at ETH Zurich and IPB University will collect data based on a combination of farm-level grower surveys, semi-structured interviews with local experts along the value chain and focus group discussions at the village level. The project aims to sample up to 80 villages and survey up to 1,600 non-industrial palm oil producers over a 5-year period.

Two scholarships support the project. The first one, “Evaluate the effectiveness and equity of corporate forest policies,was awarded to Professor Dr. Rachael Garrett of ETH Zurich by the European Research Council. She continues a coordinated analysis of pantropical data on the world’s most significant tropical hotspots for commodity-related deforestation The second grant, “Efficiency and equity of the implementation of the zero deforestation commitment in the palm oil sector“, awarded to EPL by the Swiss National Science Foundation, aims to develop a better understanding of how corporate policy implementation mechanisms interact with public governance to influence performance outcomes. conservation and livelihoods.

“Musim Mas is really excited to partner with ETH Zurich, one of the most respected universities in the world, and IPB University, a leading agricultural university in Indonesia, to embark on longitudinal research five years to measure the impacts of our work with smallholder oil palms Such a long-term commitment is necessary to ensure an accurate evaluation of the effectiveness of our strategy and programs, which are themselves based on a patient, long-term approach. Palm oil is here to stay, and so are smallholder farmers. This rigorous and unbiased review will allow us to further improve our programs, benefiting farmers and their landscapes.” Olivier Tichitdirector of sustainable development, Musim Mas group.

“This partnership, the first of its kind, will provide groundbreaking evidence of how sustainability initiatives are influencing the livelihoods and land use of oil palm producers. In particular, through our experimental design, we will be able to identify which elements of Musim Mas’ No Peat, No Deforestation and No Exploitation commitments, and smallholder programs are most aligned with achieving benefits. for farmers and the environment, and vice versa, where program changes may be needed. Rachel GarrettChair of Environmental Policy, ETH Zurich.

About Musim Mas

Singapore-based Musim Mas is one of the world’s largest integrated palm oil companies with operations in every part of the supply chain across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Our global workforce pursues innovative and sustainable developments, ensuring product quality, safety and efficacy as the industry evolves.

As one of the most important players in the industry, it aspires to be a responsible leader in the evolution of the industry, ushering in a new era of sustainability with innovation. To this end, we are taking active steps to go beyond industry-recognized sustainability standards and will continue to act in response to critical industry issues in our quest to contribute to a more sustainable industry and a fair world. To learn more about Musim Mas’ sustainability initiatives, click on this link.

About Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (or ETH Zurich) is a public research university with a world-class reputation in academia and industry. In the 2021 edition of the QS World University Rankings, ETH Zurich was ranked 6th in the world, which places it as the second best European university after the University of Oxford.

ETH Zurich’s Environmental Policy Lab, chaired by Professor Rachael Garrett, strives to understand the causes of global environmental change and identify policies and practices that can help reduce global environmental harm while promoting Sustainable development. Our research focuses on land and food systems, with particular attention to supply chain sustainability policies and producer motivations and livelihood challenges.

About IPB University

IPB University, or Pertanian Bogor Institute, is a leading public agricultural university based in Bogor and one of the leading higher education institutions in Indonesia. It was created to be a center of excellence in agriculture and to promote scientific research in the service of the future of humanity. It is well known not only for its remarkable and diverse range of academic subjects, but also for its research-oriented teaching and outstanding scientific environment.

IPB’s Department of Communication and Community Development Sciences, led by Professor Arya Hadi Dharmawan, applies insights from sociology, anthropology, communication, human ecology and development community to support community empowerment that promotes self-reliance and agricultural development. Professor Dr. Dharmawan’s research focuses on the political ecology of tropical agriculture and the resilience of rural livelihoods.

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Singapore-based Musim Mas is one of the world’s largest integrated palm oil companies with operations in every part of the supply chain across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Our global workforce pursues innovative and sustainable developments, ensuring product quality, safety and efficacy as the industry evolves.

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