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Sustainable, climate-friendly palm oil production and procurement

As of: January 2022

Global demand for palm oil has risen in recent years. Producer countries like Indonesia and Thailand have responded by expanding oil palm cultivation—which frequently leads to ecological problems and social injustices. The project works with stakeholders in partner countries to encourage the take-up of sustainable and climate-friendly cultivation practices among smallholders, to increase yield per unit area and achieve certification to international standards. Educational programmes are benefiting smallholders, oil mills and the government in both countries. In Indonesia, stakeholders in one pilot region are developing a land usage plan with protected areas as well as areas suitable for oil palm cultivation. To boost demand for products using certified palm oil in Germany, the project is also developing procurement guidelines for pilot municipalities. The project is also targeting consumer platforms in order to raise awareness about sustainably produced palm oil. /
Predecessor project(s)
Sustainable Palm Oil Production for Bioenergy

State of implementation/results

    • Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Planning welcome training modules developed by the project. They are used to prepare smallholder farmers for certification under Indonesia's ISPO and the international RSPO sustainability standard. As of May 2021, 655 farmers have participated in 22 training sessions, 27% of whom are women.
    • The project was able to contribute a section on sustainability in the palm oil sector to the draft Indonesian Green Recovery Strategy.
    • With the support of the project, data on land use and palm oil production can increasingly be viewed on the website of the East-Kutai government district:
    Thailand :
    • Through the project's own training program TOPSA, smallholder plantation owners were trained in ecologically sustainable and climate-friendly oil palm cultivation. By July 2021, 20,370 participants had been registered, almost 90% of whom are women. In addition, they learn how to increase yields, conserve resources and save greenhouse gases using the i-PALM app developed for palm oil growers.
    • Due to Corona restrictions, training could not take place in the field at times, so online materials were developed for participants.
    • Hanover is the first model municipality with the goal of including only sustainably certified palm oil in public procurement. Further municipalities are supported by the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) and can register for this. They can use a declaration on sustainable palm oil and rainforest protection to quickly and purposefully commit to the procurement of sustainable palm oil products and communicate this effectively. Citizens have been informed about the sustainable consumption of palm oil products since September 2020:…
    • At the end of April 2021, DUH published a guideline on public procurement of sustainable palm oil
    • DUH also conducted a market survey on sustainable palm oil in washing, care and cleaning products and presented and discussed the initial results at a DUH market dialogue on September 1, 2021.
    • Furthermore, DUH published a feed radar at the end of July 2021 to ask companies to source only certified palm oil and soy:…

Project data

Indonesia, Thailand

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture - Indonesia
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives - Thailand

Implementing partner(s):
  • Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V.
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Department of Agriculture - Thailand

BMU grant:
5.200.000,00 €

09/2018  till  09/2022


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