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Can Conservation Aid Make Deforestation Worse?

September 28, 2016


A recent study by scholars at the University of Illinois sets out to answer this question in an African context. Their answer is yes – at least in the short term. The establishment of a national park or conservation area in one place can lead to deforestation in another. It’s counterintuitive in many ways, but […]

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Barilla and RSPO: Will RSPO defend itself?

September 6, 2016


Italian food giant Barilla’s company Mulino Bianco recently launched a new biscuit – Buongrano – promoting it as “palm oil free”. This is a major problem for Barilla – for a number of reasons – but the bigger problem is for RSPO. First, Barilla is a RSPO member. Late last year RSPO took a decision […]

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French Government Makes the Right Call and Drops Palm Oil Tax

June 24, 2016


Opportunity Remains for Radical Greens and Socialists to Resurrect Discriminatory Tax LAGOS (24 June 2016) – Today, the Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA) – the Nigeria-based public policy think tank, issued a statement applauding President Hollande for his decision to drop the proposed tax against palm oil.   Thompson Ayodele, Director of IPPA, said: […]

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President Hollande Under Pressure to Reject Discriminatory Palm Oil Tax

June 21, 2016


French Influence in S.E. Asia at Risk Airbus Deal with Indonesia on the Brink Tax Discriminates against Small Farmers from Developing World Today, the Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA), the leading Nigerian think-tank, highlights the rising discontent against the French palm oil tax. President Hollande’s biased and discriminatory tax against small palm oil farmers […]

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RSPO Wracked by Internal Division

June 9, 2016


As RSPO convenes in Milan today, deep divisions have emerged within the group. These divisions focus primarily on the growing distrust between major European users of palm oil, and the organisations ongoing discriminatory application of compliance rules. Reportedly, key stakeholders’ including major users of palm oil and the various European Alliances recently met. The primary […]

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