The oil palm monoculture has become the archetypal agroindustrial megaproject, both in terms of what such a megaproject is and what it currently represents.  Palm plantations for the extraction of the oil and subsequent trade on the world market have social and environmental impacts in production areas which are often unknown to the consumer of the oil (or rather, of the many products derived from it).  In this space we will attempt to provide some key facts for the understanding of this globally significant economic flow.

Growing African palms in Chocó

A study carried out by HREV in 2004 at the request of the Diocese of Quibdó (Chocó, Colombia) on the agroindustrial megaproject of African palm and its effects on the territory and communities of the Chocó.

The study analyses the advance of palm plantations in the Curbaradó region from the point of view of its legality, both environmental and territorial, and respect for the fundamental and ethnic rights of its inhabitants.  The study calls for action to address the huge number of irregularities and illegal activities which accompany this monoculture.

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The flow of palm oil Colombia-Belgium/EU

A study carried out by HREV in 2006 for the CBC (Coordination Belge pour la Colombie/Belgische Coordinatie voor Colombia) to form the basis for its campaign Palm oil production in Colombia has a red side.

The aim of the study was to provide an overview, from a human rights perspective, of the flow of palm oil from its origin in the Colombian plantations to its destination in Europe in general and Belgium in particular, with the idea that the dissemination of critical information on this product, widely consumed in Europe, would help to generate effective pressure for all the abuses and violations to cease in the production regions.

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The global flow of palm oil

An atlas project, under development since January 2011, to provide a graphic (geographic) journey through the various stages of the commercial flow of palm oil, from its regions of production to its areas of consumption.

We want to take advantage of the graphics and symbols offered by maps – in the understanding of flows and other spatial phenomena – to paint an intelligible picture of this global agroindustrial megaproject.

You can view the maps and other related material at geoactivismo→Agroindustria: palma aceitera (in Spanish)


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