Oil palm production is on the rise. In Malaysia, despite greater calls for sustainable policymaking within the oil palm sector, nearly all initiatives are gender blind. There are three reasons why using gender analysis for labour in the oil palm sector is useful. First, gender plays a key role in labour recruitment, division of labour, payments, health, mobility and return. Second, gendersensitive policy in oil palm can encourage women to compete in Malaysian labour and product markets. This allows them to make economic, social and environmental contributions to sustainable development both in the sector and beyond. Finally, gender issues cut across all aspects of the economy and society. Sustainable policymaking in oil palm extraction in Malaysia is crucial, as other developing economies such as Guatemala, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea are using a similar oil palm plantation model. Implementing gender equality within the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and Malaysian legislation can transform the sector and empower women locally, and also globally.
How to Cite:
Reed, R., 2019. Gender-based impacts of labour migration, sustainability challenges and oil palm in Malaysia. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 7(1), pp.77–90.