The world population is set to reach 9.6 billion people by 2050, up from 7.7 billion this year. This population growing will need further 60 million tons vegetable oil per year. As the most versatile and the highest oil yield per hectare, palm oil can help to meet the increased demand for fats and oil without straining the earth’s limited land. Palm oil is therefore well placed to remain a crucial part of the food production process in the future. Palm plantations also provide a livelihood to millions of people in tropical agricultural communities around the world.
The challenge is to meet that demand responsibly, avoiding deforestation and destruction of high carbon stock and high conservation value ecosystems for palm cultivation Accordingly, sourcing palm oil in a responsible way, minimizing social and environmental impacts, and preserving natural resources and biodiversity, is the subject of increasing concern – within the industry and beyond. As a supply chain actor in the food chain industry, WCN strives to‐build a traceable sustainable palm oil supply chain by cooperating with NGOs and our industry partners who are committed to:
- No deforestation of high carbon stock or high conservation value area and no burning
- No development on peat
- No exploitation of peoples and local communities