THE FUTURE OF MALAYSIAN PALM OIL: REVITALISING THE PALM OIL INDUSTRY THROUGH INDEPENDENT SMALLHOLDERS

Kuala Lumpur & Perak  |  2 - 7 April & 22 - 27 April

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In April 2018, GIFT ASEAN's Malaysia Young Leaders Programme (YLP) brought together young executives from different sectors of public, private and civil society to explore the opportunities and challenges associated with independent palm oil growers.

Working with Wild Asia, a social enterprise promoting traceability among groups of independent growers, participants will propose an inclusive business model to transform the palm oil sector and integrate independent growers into the global supply chain.


MODULE ONE - CLASSROOM SESSIONS

In Module One, participants took part in candid discussions about the trends shaping Malaysia's future, learned from the insights of prominent Malaysian guest speakers, and tried to craft a new narrative on Malaysia, ASEAN, and the world. These mind-set shifts prepare participants for the work they will do for the experiential component: developing an inclusive business plan to integrate independent palm oil growers into the global supply chain.

Participants took part in role play exercises, discussions and presentations, which helped them open up to their colleagues, and engage with new and challenging ideas from GIFT facilitators and their peers.


DISTINGUISHED GUEST SPEAKERS

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MUKHTAR HUSSAIN
CEO of HSBC Malaysia

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FATIMAH MERICAN
Independent and Non-Executive Director at IJM Plantations and UOB Malaysia

Freda Liu

FREDA LIU
Lead Producer/ Presenter at BFM 89.9


ON THE GROUND

Palm oil is the world’s most widely consumed vegetable oil and the commodity remains the lifeblood of many rural Malaysian communities. The second largest producer of palm oil in the world, Malaysia earned RM67.6 billion from palm oil exports in 2016, equivalent to 6.1% of the economy. More than two million Malaysians are involved in the palm oil value chain in which 16% of growers are independent producers.

With growing demand for certified sustainable palm oil, independent growers find it increasingly challenging to meet international sustainability standards due to a lack of access to expertise, capacity building and infrastructure for sustainable practices.

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Participants visited the Sime Darby Plantation Academy for an overview of the palm oil supply chain.

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Participants visited the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Secretariat for insights on their certification standards.

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Participants engaged with the National Association of Smallholder Farmers (NASH) to learn about the challenges small growers face.

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Participants met with the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) to understand the sustainable management of oil palm in Malaysia.


MODULE TWO - WORKING TOWARDS A SOLUTION

Each Young Leaders Programme designed by GIFT is tied to a real-world field project emphasising the need for participants to break-free from the comfort of their respective sectors and to address the issues surrounding the nation through a tri-sector collaboration.

On the ground in Module Two, ideas and perspectives were exchanged through open and honest discussions as participants met with smallholder farmers in potential pilot project sites, dealers, millers and other stakeholders involved in the upstream supply chain of the palm oil sector. Participants were invited to question their assumptions, navigate through conflict and debate contradictory views to enable them to work towards the development of a business plan.

Participants were provided with support by GIFT facilitators and mentors throughout the programme to ensure an impactful real-time learning and self reflection.

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The programme culminated with a Public Forum, where participants presented the key highlights of their business model to an audience of government officials, community stakeholders, business leaders and students. The presentation was then followed by a Q&A.

The Public Forum on The Future of Malaysian Palm Oil was attended by over 150 guests. Below are a few slides from the recommendations developed by the participants.


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For more information about the 2018 Malaysia Young Leaders Programme, or about the Young Leaders Programme in general,
please write to us at giftasean@global-inst.com