Oil palm investments are returning from Southeast Asia to West Africa, where the crop originated. As this interest intensifies, land conflicts are likely to become more prevalent. Our research shows that such disputes can treble the cost of cultivation and cause year-long delays. Despite this, many companies do not mitigate tenure risk because they lack the data and tools necessary to understand their risk exposure and take action.
To tackle this, the Quantifying Tenure Risk (QTR) initiative offers free support to businesses investing in West African oil palm to help them accurately assess tenure risk and plan corporate policies and action plans.
This briefing outlines some of the risks and opportunities in West African oil palm investments as identified by QTR.
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The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the UK's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.
Our mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.
We do this by locking together high quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate.
TMP Systems is a boutique consultancy based in the United Kingdom, with staff in the United States and the Philippines. Our work spans asset management, commercial investment systems design in carbon, energy and land use and environmental, social and governance diligence.