INTERVIEW: Prioritize smallholder cultivation of oil palm in Indonesia, urges researcher Tania Li

Where large-scale agricultural production occurs, conflicts may arise over land rights, the distribution of benefits and environmental protection, leading to heated discussions among scholars about the merits of this type of development.

While some people emphasize the positive economic benefits, others point toward cases of social and environmental abuse.

Tania Li, who will speak on a Global Landscapes Forum digital panel about landscape transformation on May 11, is one of the more outspoken critical voices. She is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Canada’s University of Toronto and has extensive research experience in Indonesia, where the rapid expansion of large-scale oil palm plantations has changed landscapes and influenced the lives of millions of people.

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