The oil palm industry in Thailand, the world’s third largest palm oil producing country,  is mainly driven by smallholders who manage over 70% of the total oil palm planted area in the country. As a result, the industry faces a major hurdle in its journey towards sustainability. Recognising the importance of smallholders and as part of  efforts to increase the inclusion of smallholders, RSPO has developed and adopted the RSPO Independent Smallholder (ISH) Standard since 2019.

Following this development, RSPO is currently looking to conduct a comprehensive study in order to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the current palm oil production and consumption trends in Thailand.
  • Review the economic, environmental and social impacts of palm oil in different parts of Thailand.
  • Learn more about the outcomes and impacts of RSPO certification, especially on the implementation of the RSPO Independent Smallholders (ISH) Standard by smallholders in Thailand.

Against this background, RSPO is inviting interested and prospective individuals and/or organisations to conduct this study of oil palm smallholders in Thailand. Interested applicants are advised to read the attached Terms of Reference (ToR) and submit a proposal along with their profile/curriculum vitae to [email protected] by 9 May 2022 (6:00 PM Kuala Lumpur, GMT+8). 

For any enquiries relating to this tender, please contact Radda Larpnun, Thailand Technical Manager at [email protected] and/or Cheryl Ong, RSPO Research Manager at [email protected].

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