Indonesia, UK Lead International Dialogue on Forest Sustainability

Indonesia has officially agreed to co-chair an international alliance that brings together producers and consumers of forest agriculture and commodities. Together with the UK, Indonesia will lead more than 25 countries grouping in the Forest Agriculture & Commodities Trade (FACT) Dialogue to protect and increase sustainability of supply chains of forest products. “I am delighted…

Indonesia, Romania agree to boost trade, investment cooperation

Indonesia and Romania have agreed to increase cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, investment, counter-terrorism, COVID-19 handling, and mutual support at international forums during high-level talks held virtually on Thursday. Deputy Foreign Minister Mahendra Siregar and director general of American and European affairs at the Foreign Ministry, Ngurah Swajaya, co-chaired the Indonesian delegation at…

Economic development and climate-friendly palm oil production in Indonesia can go hand in hand

Indonesia’s palm oil production is controversial due to its contribution to climate change and loss of biodiversity as a result of large-scale deforestation. Researchers at Wageningen University & Research joined forces with partners in the USA and Indonesia to show that Indonesia can meet the future demand for palm oil in a climate-friendly way without…

Q&A: Ensuring sustainable palm oil production amid a pandemic

When it comes to making the palm oil industry more sustainable, the plantations themselves can’t do it alone. Agus Purnomo, managing director for sustainability and strategic stakeholder engagement at Singapore-headquartered palm oil company Golden Agri-Resources, said the collaboration of governments and consumers is vital, especially as the industry faces additional challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Conditional Victory For Indonesian Palm Oil

Switzerland approved free trade agreement with Indonesia. With the condition, however, that Indonesia produces palm oil in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. THE result of Switzerland’s referendum on March 7 showed approval of Swiss people towards economic cooperation between their country and Indonesia, particularly in palm oil trade.  The voters gave the green light…