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86% of Palm Oil Production Cycle Involved the Female

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86% of Palm Oil Production Cycle Involved the Female

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - Looking back to demography, in 2020 Indonesia had 270,2 million men and 49,4% were female. 53,6% of the female were in productive ages. 43% of them lived in rural which mostly worked at agricultural and plantation sectors, including palm oil sectors.

In the upstream palm oil sector, 86% of the production cycle involved the female. The data showed that the female significantly involves in palm oil industry.

Unfortunately, Deputy in Gender Equality, Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Lenny Rosaline said, the industry could not fulfill and realize welfare in worker community, namely the female.

She continued, gender issue is everything about access to land and natural resource, education, training, decision making process, safe work condition for the female namely for those who are in child. “Of course, these would weaken sustainability aspect that palm oil sector would realize,” she said in the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing of mainstream gender of Rencana Aksi Nasional Perkebunan Kelapa Sawit Berkelanjutan, 2019-2024 in Jakarta that InfoSAWIT attended, last March.

That is why the government published kinds of regulations, such as, Regulation of Minister of Agriculture Number 38 / 2020 about Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). From the gender analysis result, it showed that the policy provides many chances of gender mainstream. “Such as, worker aspect which directly has something to do with the social.” Rosaline said. (T2)

Source: InfoSAWIT, April 2022