Our actions (continued)
In South America
- In 2011, ADM developed a sustainable palm oil production and processing program in Pará, Brazil, in cooperation with the Brazilian government and local farmers. The program, which conforms to RSPO standards by allowing planting only in areas that were deforested prior to 2006, encompasses approximately 12,000 hectares of oil palm plantation land in areas that have been approved by the government for palm cultivation. A production facility to support oil palm farmed in these government-approved areas is slated to open in 2016.
- By May 2013, approximately 280 smallholder farmers had already enrolled in this program and had obtained access to credit lines that enabled them to plant nearly 2,100 hectares of palm and other crops. To further support their efforts, ADM will provide these smallholder farmers with training in sustainable agricultural practices to help them diversify production and increase their revenues. A number of medium-size farms have also become part of the program. Those farmers have separately committed an additional 3,000 hectares of land to the effort, which will bring the total area of oil palm farmed in accordance with RSPO standards to 15,000 hectares.
- ADM’s sustainable palm oil portfolio includes various blends of laurics, soft oils and palm fractions. Olenex now offers customers all of its palm oil and palm kernel oil blends under both the mass balance and segregation schemes.
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