A Journey to a More Inclusive and Sustainable Palm Oil: The Role of Technologies for Smallholders' Integration in South-East Asia

Lisa Graepel & Federica Pazzini

Student thesis: Master thesis


In the complex scenario of palm oil global value chain, including smallholders could be a driver to achieving sustainable development. This research sheds light on the role that technological solutions could play in supporting smallholders' integration. This paper builds upon global value chain and institutional theories to provide a comprehensive understanding of the palm oil system focusing on the South-East Asian context. Through semi-structured interviews, we gathered relevant findings from a diverse sample of general value chain actors and technological providers. The results prove the importance of smallholders as key players for sustainability in PO value chain. Moreover, technologies could only be considered as a tool to speed up or promote smallholders’ inclusion. However, context-related barriers undermine the potential of technologies.

EducationsMSc in Business, Language and Culture - Business and Development Studies, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2022
Number of pages122
SupervisorsKristjan Jespersen