Sustainable palm oil production in Honduras: myth or reality?

Fromm, Ingrid (2020). Sustainable palm oil production in Honduras: myth or reality? International review of modern sociology, 46(1-2), pp. 79-101. Kalahari Journals

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Honduras is currently positioned as one of the main palm oil-producing and exporting countries in Latin America. According to FAO, in 2018, Honduras produced 650 thousand MT of palm oil and generated US$400 million in export revenues. Palm oil is produced on over 135,000 hectares of land in the country, mostly in the coastal valleys of northern Honduras. Although it is an industry dominated by only a few corporations, most of the production in Honduras still occurs on small-scale farms. Within areas where it has been adopted, the oil palm industry has become an important driver of land use change, which has followed a trajectory of replacing banana plantations rather than forest lands. Government interventions through targeted policies have had an important part in stimulating the expansion of the industry. These policies are largely justified based on the perceived value of the crop as an engine of economic development. Consequently, oil palm expansion and related supportive policies are often seen through an economic lens only, while questions of who benefits and who controls the industry are often overlooked. The significant social and environmental impacts of the crop’s expansion are given limited attention. Using assemblage theory as an analytical framework, the sustainability of the palm oil sector in Honduras is examined to understand power differentials and the effect of the economic, social, and environmental dimensions.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL
School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Multifunctional Forest Management
School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > HAFL Hugo P. Cecchini Institute
School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Agriculture
School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Agriculture > International Agriculture and Rural Development
School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Multifunctional Forest Management > Forest Policy and International Forest Management

Name:

Fromm, Ingrid;
Feurer, Mélanie0000-0002-7955-684X and
Mengel, Sebastian

Subjects:

H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)

ISSN:

0973-2047

Publisher:

Kalahari Journals

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ingrid Fromm

Date Deposited:

19 May 2021 10:41

Last Modified:

19 May 2021 11:32

Additional Information:

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ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.14819

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/14819

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