Malaysia’s balanced approach supports the farmers who grow the fruit and protects the country’s environment and wildlife.
Oil palm trees are only grown on designated land using Good Agricultural Practices.
Family farmers (smallholders) cultivate nearly 40 percent of Malaysia’s palm-planted lands.
Wildlife is carefully protected and natural rainforests conserved. At the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, Malaysia pledged to keep at least half of its land under forest cover. It has thus kept that promise while becoming a major global palm oil producer.
The Malaysian palm oil industry is also credited for bringing farmers out of poverty, and building community roads, schools and healthcare facilities.
Malaysia is known as a world leader in wildlife conservation
Malaysia loves its wildlife. Most of their nearly 13,000 orangutans live in protected forests in Sabah and Sarawak, the two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. Orangutans are not native to Peninsular Malaysia. Malaysia’s Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, a worldwide leader in orangutan care, was set up more than 50 years ago. It was the first center to return orangutans to the wild. Malaysia also operates the world’s first pygmy elephant sanctuary in Sabah. To support these initiatives, the palm oil industry has established the Malaysian Palm Oil Wildlife Conservation Fund.