A Fair Trade Approach for Promoting Food Security and Ensuring Supply Sustainability in Oils & Fats Trade
Yusof Basiron

Escalating world population requires more food. Planet Earth is already burdened to meet this challenge due to the omnipresent scarcity of arable land and increasing cumulative pollution loads. In order to obtain maximum yield output, limited land resource must be used rationally by cultivating crops of choice with the highest yield per hectare. An example in the oils and fats sector is oil palm. In addition, the introduction of unfair trade practices and regulations applied to the oils and fats trade, disguised in the form of environmental requirements such as limiting deforestation, can lead to lower food production and consequently drive up food prices; thus, threatening food security.
1 June, 2011
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