Whither Poverty Reduction? The World Bank’s Visible Green Hand; A Review of the World Bank / International Finance Corporation’s Proposed Palm Oil Strategy

August 2010 – A Submission by World Growth

The World Bank Group (WBG) has proposed a new policy approach for engagement on palm oil which will substantially alter the Group’s current approach and runs counter with the Bank’s response to the impending global food crisis. It will erect new conditions for financing, create a new and more onerous set of preconditions for financing, establish a de facto regulatory role for the World Bank, and skew Bank lending and support away from its development mission. The framework will restrict Bank lending to development of palm oil and endorses the concept of Continue reading

Clarification of the European Commission’s Position on the Renewable Energy Directive

August 2010 – Green Papers: Issue V

The European Renewable Energy Directive has been subject to considerable ‘negotiation’ and gamesmanship. The controversies arise over the use and import of biofuels. What is becoming increasingly clear is the extent and depth of friction between competing interests upon which the Directive impacts. Earlier this year, Environmental NGOs protested that the European Commission was set to define oil palms as forests for the purposes of the Directive. Ultimately, the EC released a Communication which ‘excluded’ oil palms from the definition of forests.  The reality is Continue reading

Caught Red Handed: The Myths, Exaggerations and Distortions of Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Rainforest Action Network

May 2010 – Green Papers: Issue IV

Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the Rainforest Action Network are urging a boycott of use of palm oil — supposedly to protect the environment. However, if they succeed, the environment will be at bigger risk, the livelihoods of millions in Indonesia and Malaysia will be threatened and the poor in Africa and South America will remain stuck in a poverty trap. Greenpeace, FoE, RAN and other environmental non-government organisations threaten to tar the reputation of those who purchase palm oil as against the environment. Continue reading

Collateral Damage: How the Bogus Campaign Against Palm Oil Harms the Poor

December 2009 – A study by World Growth
The world’s governments have convened in Copenhagen to determine a global strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There is every indication the issue is so thorny that no clear agreement can be reached at Copenhagen. It is likely the parties to the Copenhagen conference will try to identify the areas which can be the basis of a new global strategy and lay down a fresh mandate and program to meet it. Palm oil has been made the ‘poster child’ in this campaign to ensure that any global strategy to reduce greenhouse gases must also cease conversion of forest land to any other purpose. The campaign rests on Continue reading

Palm Oil – The Sustainable Oil

September 2009 – A study by World Growth
There are all the signs that a global campaign exists to discredit Palm Oil. This has happened before.  Demand for, and consequently production of, palm oil has increased dramatically over the past decade. Palm Oil has a number of advantages over competitor products. When new products have impact on markets, there is a natural process of adjustment.  The anti-palm oil campaign has now taken on a new dimension and has been wrapped into part of a broader campaign to restrict emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) by environmental groups and Governments in Europe. Continue reading