Does palm oil cultivation keep small producers in poverty?
Throughout the year, oil palm harvests, crop maintenance, and many related activities provide a direct livelihood for millions of people. The income derived from this production is much higher than what is earned with traditional crops. For example, in Sumatra, Indonesia, the average annual income per hectare over the full plantation cycle comes to €2,100 for the oil palm, ten times more than for a rice paddy (€200 per hectare). A man earns €36 a day for the oil palm and only €1.70 a day for irrigated rice.