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Oil palm contract farming improves quality of life for family farmers in the Brazilian Amazon?

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Authors: Dalva Maria da Mota, Heribert Schmitz, Dérick Lima Gomes and Gizele Oeiras da Silva

General - 2019

Language: English

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This paper presents cases of family farmers who signed contracts with agribusinesses to produce oil palm in the northeast of Pará state, Brazil. These initiatives were funded by public policy programmes to diversify national electricity production, and a secondary goal of promoting social inclusion. But, has it improved the quality of life for family farmers in the Brazilian Amazon?

This paper was submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of ETFRN News 59 – Exploring inclusive oil palm production, due for release in early 2019. This will contain 20 papers plus interviews, presenting examples of innovative and inclusive palm oil production systems. It will assess what has not worked, but importantly, it will analyse what positive practices and policies have worked for more inclusive palm oil production and why, as we strive towards more collective and sustainable solutions to this apparently intractable problem.

This paper will undergo final editing prior to publication publication of the complete edition, and as such, could differ from the version presented here.  

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