Field Investigation Report on Oil Palm Cultivated by Company K and Smallholders in Sarawak, Malaysia Yucho Sadamichi（The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology） This is to report a cooperative survey with Prof. Ubukata, conducted at Company K in Sarawak on 14-21 September 2012. Company K is an oil palm plantation company with a processing mill, which is located in Bintulu, Sarawak. Since this company produces RSPO-certified oil, the company activities are implemented in accordance with RSPO requirements, e.g. compliance with environmental and social laws and regulations, fulfilling cooperative social responsibilities, etc. This certification requires the company to document the related activities. From the documents, our previous surveys obtained […]
Research Work in Sarawak and Study on Oil Palm Business Fumikazu Ubukata（Graduate School of Environmental Science, Okayama University） 1. Non-specialist and Area Study It always requires a certain amount of courage for an area study researcher to step into uncharted territory. Being a specialist of mainland Southeast Asia, I am not familiar with the history and geography of Malaysia and have no expertise in the language of Malay or Iban. It seems a bit strange then that such a “non-specialist” should join in an area study project outside of his field, but the project might benefit to some degree from the ideas of an outsider. I hope to make a […]
June 26, 2012 The members of this project participated in BRC (Borneo Research Council) Conference at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) in Borneo and held a special panel session. At the session we could have many positive feedback from the participants. Among others, we were pleased to get acquainted with the researchers from universities overseas. A member of the Australian National University gave us a frank observation to our presentation which encouraged us a lot. We were fortunate to have an opportunity to share our opinions with a research group who had a presentation called “Political Ecology of the Kapuas River” comprising a group of researchers of Universität Bonn and Universität […]
The group of Oil Palm Research Study will hold a session at upcoming Japan Society for Southeast Asian Studies in Kyoto. Our fellow project member, Mr. Ubukata will present his study at this session meeting. 【Theme】 “The expansion of oil palm cultivation in Southeast Asia and the transformation of local communities” June 3,(Sun.)（3rd site：3rd fl. Room F303） 9:30 Overview 9:40 Report session 1 10:20 Report session 2 11:00 Report session 3 “Industrial ecology of oil palm and pulp: a comparative research case in Southeast Asia” Fumikazu Ubukata（Okayama University） 11:40 Commentary Discussion 12:30 Lunch Break The details of the program and access and information is here.