As a researcher of sustainability transition, I still believe we can create a more sustainable palm oil industry in Indonesia, where millions of small farmers rely on palm oil for their livelihood.
Lander Baeten, Ghent University; Charlotte Grossiord, EPFL – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne; Christian Messier, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM); Haben Blondeel, Ghent University; Hervé Jactel, Inrae; Joannès Guillemot, Cirad; Kris Verheyen, Ghent University, and Michael Scherer-Lorenzen, University of Freiburg
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