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SRF2 – Wissenschaftsmagazin spreads the news about the OPAL project

SRF2 – Wissenschaftsmagazin science magazine has interviewed Claude Garcia and Patrice Levang about the problems and opportunities faced by the oil palm sector, and OPAL’s approach to tackling these issues. Click here to listen (German).

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OPAL joined by master’s student working on palm oil perception in Switzerland supply chain

Nora Zoller is currently doing her masters in Environmental Natural Science at ETH Zürich, majoring in Human Health, Nutrition and Environment. For her thesis with the OPAL project, she is investigating how stakeholders perceive the use and sustainability of palm oil in food. She will conduct qualitative interviews with members of different stakeholder groups in […]

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Public panel discussion debunks myths about palm oil

The OPAL team organized a public event on the topic of ‘Oil palm: Beyond controversies’, with around 220 attendees packing the ETH Zürich lecture hall. Five experts were invited to talk about their field of experience on the topic of oil palm and supply chain management – Dr. Patrice Levang from IRD, Putra Agung from […]

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Oil palm: Beyond controversies – public panel discussion

The OPAL team organized a public event debunking myths about palm oil, with around 220 people packing the lecture hall at ETH Zürich. The panel comprised of experts in particular aspects of oil palm production and supply chain management, including Rob McWilliam from The Forest Trust (TFT), Putra Agung (WWF Indonesia), Kathrin Rutishauser (MIGROS) and Patrice […]

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Companion modelling on palm oil supply chain in Cameroon​

In August 2015, Patrice Levang, agro-economist at IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Dévelopement), and Eglantine Fauvelle, our consultant in agronomy, organized 3 role-playing game sessions with palm oil supply chain stakeholders in the South-West and Central regions of Cameroon. Click here for further information.

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Cameroon: Game sessions with palm oil supply chain stakeholders

In August 2015, Patrice Levang, agro-economist at IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement), and Eglantine Fauvelle, our consultant in agronomy, organized three role-playing game sessions with palm oil supply chain stakeholders in the south-west and central regions of Cameroon. In total, 28 oil palm smallholders, 3 extension officers and 5 representatives of PAMOL and […]

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New PhD in OPAL

On 1 September 2015, Nur Hasanah Mufti (Nui) is starting her PhD at ETH Zürich, under the frame of the OPAL project. A recipient of a Swiss Overseas Scholarship Award, Nui will undertake research to explore alternative oil palm development scenarios in Sumatra, through integrated socio-ecology assessment, regulation analysis and stakeholder engagement.

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OPAL project presented to district officials in Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan

The OPAL project has been presented for the first time to high-level district officials in Indonesia. Kutai Kartaganegara district in the province of East Kalimantan is a primary research site. The short presentation around the project’s objectives and scope was made at a workshop organized 9 July 2015 to present a related CIFOR project on “Aligning […]

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Declining palm oil prices: Good and bad news for smallholders

OPAL’s first article, written by Jaboury Ghazoul, Patrice Levang, Claude Garcia, John Garcia-Ulloa and others, was published today on Mongabay.com. Read it here: http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0316-mrn-palm-oil-prices.html

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