The sustainability of oil palm industry in Malaysia: A comprehensive review

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Oil palm as an agriculture crop has been commonly seen in Malaysia and its fruit is popularly known for processing for edible, vegetable oil and Malaysian households use it as cooking oil widely. Malaysian palm oil export in year 2011 was worth 83.4 billions Malaysian Ringgit. In addition, the industry also has helped rural Malaysians out of poverty; of which its good rewards lifted the incomes of hundreds of thousands of households. Globally, palm oil is considered as the most produced and consumed edible oil and the Malaysian industry has been producing 30% of global supply of edible oil. As such, over the years palm oil has been assumed market leadership in the world’s edible oil market. However, this global recognition of the world’s top palm oil producer did not continue to flourish forever as the Malaysian palm oil trade in recent years faces great challenges locally as well as internationally. In this new millennium, the concept of sustainability become limelight in the oil palm industry as worldwide focus on holistic concept of food producing process which include three main perspectives of sustainable development such as social, environmental and economic sustainability. This paper employed content analysis in making a comprehensive review of the trend and status of sustainability for Malaysian oil palm industry. Overall, this review paper emphasizes that, in achieving the holistic approach of sustainable development in Malaysian palm oil industry, the industry aims to do “more and better with less” by cutting down on resource use, deforestation and pollution throughout its life-cycle from growers to retailers, to enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of the people. The concept of sustainability does not aim to focus only on any of the three perspectives of social inclusiveness, environmental protection or economic growth. The issue of sustainability in our Malaysian palm oil industry has to be tackled in a holistic approach by combining all three perspectives into one integrated concept.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-310
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Economic Perspectives
Volume10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Palm oil
Sustainability
Malaysia
Industry
Oil
Oil industry
Household
Holistic approach
Sustainable development
Income
Crops
Fruit
Quality of life
Integrated
Resource use
Pollution
Agriculture
Environmental sustainability
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Content analysis

Keywords

  • Economic sustainability
  • Environmente
  • Oil palm
  • Social

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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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