From 6 to 8 October 2015, the biannual conference of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board, known as PIPOC, took place in Kuala Lumpur. I participated as a poster presenter, in order to show some of my preliminary results to the oil palm community, to learn about the latest developments in oil palm cultivation and breeding, and to add the smallholder perspective to the conference, which was largely (but certainly not entirely!) focused on large-scale plantations. Below is the poster that I presented. For those who are interested in the article, published in the conference proceedings, please send me a mail and I will send you a copy.
Meanwhile, I cannot avoid to write about the tragic fact that Indonesia is burning, and that all its living creatures, and those of Singapore and Malaysia, are choking on the smoke. It is a great tragedy, with an estimated 1.7 million hectares of forest having been burned, which is one-third of the surface of the Netherlands. Tens, or even hundreds of thousands of people have fallen ill, especially children and elderly. The emitted CO2 is estimated to be between 15 and 40% of the annual emissions of the whole world. Indonesia at last has accepted help from its neighbours to put out the fires, and some rains have started to fall in parts of Kalimantan and Sumatra, which hopefully means that this disaster will end in the coming weeks.
Excellent initiatives, such as the easy-to-use and informative website of Global Forest Watch, can hopefully help to find those who are responsible for the fires and bring them to justice in a fair and fact-based way.
That’s all for this short post. I’m planning to start writing some more again in the weeks or months to come. If you have any suggestions on topics that I might want to write about, just let me know!