An Evening Panel Discussion – Plantation Agriculture: Cure or Curse?


  • 23/01/2014
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An Evening Panel Discussion followed by a drinks reception:


Keith Boyfield, IEA Fellow and Author

Brian Sturgess, Managing Editor, Journal of World Economics

Tan Sri Dr Alfred Jabu, Chairman of SALCRA (the small farmers’ association of Sarawak)

Mark Littlewood, Director General, IEA (Chairman)

With the poor moving away from subsistence farming and the world population predicted to increase from 7 billion to 9.3 billion by 2050, investment in commercial agriculture has never been more vital.

In this panel discussion, Keith Boyfield – author of the IEA report Commercial Agriculture: Cure or Curse? Malaysian and African Experience Contrasted – demonstrates the importance of palm oil as a potential solution to escalating global demand for foodstuffs and ever-escalating food prices.

He’ll be joined by Brian Sturgess, of the Journal of World Economics and, from Malaysia, Tan Sri Dr Alfred Jabu, chairman of the small farmers’ association of Sarawak.

They’ll examine the opportunities and challenges of plantation agriculture – and compare and contrast the fortunes of commercial agriculture in Malaysia and West Africa.

Please do join us for this fascinating discussion on a vital and increasingly pressing issue.

RSVP: by email or 020 7799 8900

You can read Keith Boyfield’s paper here.