OPAL’s Indonesian team organized a training workshop in companion modelling on 5-9 September 2016, with the support from ETH Zürich, attended by partners WWF Indonesia, The Forest Trust and the Luc Hoffmann Institute. Over the five days, participants explored all aspects of participatory modelling: (1) framing the question, (2) designing a conceptual model, (3) creating […]
What impact does the conversion of savanna to oil palm plantations have on soil fertility and carbon stocks? This is what the EPFL team began research on, during its first field campaign from June to August 2016. Welcomed and helped by OPAL’s Colombian team, they were quickly able to meet oil palm growers, visit potential research […]
Two new master students have just joined the OPAL Cameroon team as interns. For the next six months, CIFOR is hosting Théo Martin, who is doing his master’s degree in Agricultural Development at the Institut des Régions Chaudes, France. Meanwhile, WWF is hosting Marie Gaelle Ngo Njiki, from the Faculty of Agronomy and Agricultural Sciences […]
Our models can also be used for teaching. Seventeen-year-old science major students at the Lycée Français Marie Curie de Zürich had lectures on the challenges and opportunities of oil palm cultivation in the tropics… before role playing small growers to better understand agribusiness in Cameroon. Competition, aggressive selling techniques, environmental lobbying, and lots of fun. In […]
OPAL’s team at the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), led by Arya Hadi Dharmawan, just published its first project working paper, ‘Expansion of oil palm plantation and changes in social, economic and rural ecology: A case study in Kutai Kartanegara.’ Download and read it from here.
H.E. Dr. Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, Swiss State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, accompanied by H.E. Dr. Yvonne Baumann, Ambassador of Switzerland to the Republic of Indonesia, Timor Leste and ASEAN, made a visit to CIFOR in Bogor, Indonesia on 15 March 2016. The visit was to learn about CIFOR’s work, international cooperation and future strategy; past, […]
On 19 April 2016, Thomas Guillaume (our post doctorate student from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland) participated in the European Geoscience Union General Assembly in Vienna, Austria. He presented his research on soil fertility in Indonesia, and how this will be continued within the OPAL project. The presentation focused on a new approach, […]
It’s not often that policy makers at the highest level are able to experience ﬁrst-hand the complexity of the systems they manage. Those managing the palm oil supply chain in Cameroon are no different. Decisions are taken at all levels of the supply chain, with far fetching, often unforeseen, sometimes unwanted, consequences in terms of sustainability, […]
A special gaming session was organized in early April in Yaoundé, with the members of the Interministerial Commission on Oil Palm, a commission bringing together high-level civil servants from the ministries of Commerce, Finance, Agriculture, as well as agro-industries, second processing industries and producers’ unions. The game was a huge success! More information and pictures here.
On 2 March 2016, the first OPAL Colombia workshop was held in Bogotá, in conjunction with Javeriana University, WWF Colombia and NES Naturaleza SAS. Participants included the Oil Palm Research Center, Cenipalma National Federation of Biofuels, Fedebiocombustibles National Agricultural Rural Planning Unit, UPRA Palmeras Santana Agropecuaria Santa Maria CORPOICA Instituto Humboldt (IAvH) and others. The […]