Palmed off: Women lose in West Kalimantan oil palm boom

BOGOR, Indonesia—Ibu Lila climbs up and down the hills between the rows of oil palms, carrying 18 kilograms of fertilizer in a basket slung from her shoulder. If she meets her quota, spreading 350 kilograms of fertilizer around 175 palms, she will be paid 35,000 Rupiah (USD 2.71) today. “Sometimes when I’m carrying that fertilizer... Read more

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