Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Resource Economics

Dissertation of Eva Anggraini

Institutions and Governance of Oil Palm Production at the Smallholder Level in Indonesia and Its Impact on the Sustainability of Livelihood and Land Use

Start: Oktober 09
End: September 13

Over the last 10 years, the area of oil palm plantation has doubled through converting forest, waste land, peatland as well as farmland triggered by companies, government and the farmers. This has led to many environmental problems and diminishing food production. Apparently, smallholders (independent and dependent smallholders) contribute to this process engaging with complex institutions including land access, production and marketing system. The emerging transactions reveal the interdependencies among actors (e.g. government, estates, middlemen, farmers, etc.) and presumably influence smallholders’ behavior in using and or allocating the land resources. The study aims to analyze institutions (sets of rules) in oil palm production at the smallholder level and the complexities of transactions among actors. Furthermore, the study aims to understand how the form of governance influences the livelihood of farmers as well as the land use. Finally, the study identifies preconditions for the appropriate governance to achieve the sustainable oil palm production at the smallholder level.

Researcher: Anggraini, Eva

Advisors: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn, Prof. Werner Doppler, Dr. Philipp Grundmann

Funding: DAAD


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