JG |  Commentary: East Can Meet West on Palm Oil Controversy

JG | Commentary: East Can Meet West on Palm Oil Controversy

A worker shows palm oil fruits at palm oil plantation in Topoyo village in Mamuju, Indonesia, Sulawesi Island, March 25, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Akbar Tado/via REUTERS

Oil palm has provided producing countries with economic benefits, such as additional foreign exchange revenue, but there are also important indirect benefits, such as local infrastructure development, rural poverty reduction and other multiplier effects. However, these benefits have been overshadowed by the global controversy over palm oil, aimed primarily at the two major producers, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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