There are studies showing that farmers can have economic benefits from palm oil. However, they can also be impoverished by the commodity.
The impact of deforestation for oil palm plantations is well known – and now research has found the replanting process could be additional harm to biodiversity.
Palm oil production is a leading cause of deforestation in Asia, but an EU ban may make matters worse.
Jokowi's re-election may put the global biodiversity at risk
Calls to ban palm oil could get a very different response among people who live in the same forests as orangutans.
Boycotting palm oil would increase production of other crops, such as soy, which actually require more land.
Increased use of renewable energies could help curb climate change, but the water required for their production has dispossessed rural Guatemalans.
Liberia's rural communities have long been suffering land grabs by international palm oil producers.
The Environmental Justice Atlas highlights the most pertinent findings of environmental conflicts facing the world today.
The bearded boar is rarely honoured, yet its role in the forest of this island in the Malay archipelago is as crucial as it is emblematic.
Deforestation has wiped out most other predators, so the lizards have lots of food and little competition.
Zero-burning policy could hurt small-holder farmers. The ban on the use of fire for land clearing has raised the costs to prepare their land for planting and to keep it pest-free.
Indonesian peatlands are important to many people: farmers, bureaucrats, businesspeople, and conservationists. But preserving this value for everyone will mean listening to everyone's concerns.
There are rising concerns that rapid deforestation across the Amazon and Southeast Asia could spread to Africa. The continent hasn’t yet seen vast agricultural expansion but it could be on the way.
Agriculture and the pulp and paper industries, forestry and mining also contribute.
Primate populations are declining around the world. The great apes are in danger of disappearing, and that bears a great risk for humanity itself.
The region faces some of the world's highest rates of habitat loss, as well as direct over-exploitation of species.
It's been ten years since "land grabbing" hit the headlines. What has changed?
The Leuser ecosystem in northern Sumatra is home to some of the world's rarest and best-loved animals. Thanks to a new government moratorium on land clearing, conservationists have enjoyed a big win.
Over the past few years many companies have committed to sustainable palm oil. But that is threatened by a growing alliance between industry and government.