Characterising Oil Palm Production in Indonesia and Malaysia

Robert Cramb, John McCarthy

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    n this chapter, we analyse the particular agro-economic features of oil palm as a commodity that have influenced its role in the rural economies of Indonesia and Malaysia. We then examine the ways in which “land”, “labour”, and “capital” have been mobilised within the oil palm complex and their incorporation in distinctly different modes of production, with different outcomes for rural livelihoods. Despite historical differences in policy emphasis and intent between the two countries, we find a convergence in the trajectories observed that give clues to the underlying processes at work.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Oil Palm Complex: Smallholders, Agribusiness and the State in Indonesia and Malaysia
    Editors Rob Cramb and John F. McCarthy
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    PublisherNUS Press - National University of Singapore
    ISBN (Print)9789814722063
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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