RSPO and Solidaridad Latin America Sign Declaration to Promote Sustainable Palm Oil

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RSPO and Solidaridad Latin America Sign Declaration to Promote Sustainable Palm Oil. Photo by: RSPO

PALMOILMAGAZINE, JAKARTA – The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Solidaridad Latin America have jointly signed a declaration to bolster support for sustainable and inclusive palm oil production in Latin America.

This initiative aims to strengthen their efforts in advancing smallholders towards sustainability and certification, while also positioning the region as a hub for natural conservation and community welfare.

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Signed on 27th October 2023, the declaration combines RSPO’s extensive experience of over 50 years in developing inclusive and sustainable supply chains with Solidaridad’s expertise in Latin America. Solidaridad has brought together six countries in the region—Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru—to enhance palm oil production, promote environmental conservation, and improve social welfare.

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As quoted from the official page of RSPO, the partnership would be about to implement same digital equipment in every region to get RSPO Smallholders’ Certification; reinforce the progress in RSPO Smallholders’ Training Academy in Latin America; support the best strategies in each country to realize sustainable practices and RSPO certification go forward; promote obedience to European Union regulations; reinforce the position of Latin America as the leader to support smallholders based on the sustainable guidelines both nationally and internationally.

The declaration would be about to unite the strategies of RSPO and Solidaridad in Latin America, share knowledge, experiences, and successful stories in this sector. In their comment, Camilo Santos of RSPO and Jorge Solano of Solidaridad said that they are committed to support sustainable palm oil industries in the region.

By having these, it is hoped more than 1.300 smallholders within about 14,600 hectares would be empowered to get and realize certificate and sustainability. The declaration would be the sign as the significant progress in RSPO certification process in the region where it is the region with highest certification among palm oil buyers in many regions. Latin America produced two million tons sustainable palm oil within RSPO certificate, represented one third of total palm oil production in the region. (T2)

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