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RSPO Latin America aligns with Mexico and Guatemala Palm Oil Associations

RSPO Latin America, the Latin American arm of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has announced that it has signed two key Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the palm oil federations of Mexico and Guatemala, the Mexican Federation of Oil Palm Producers (FEMEXPALMA) and the Guild of Palm Growers of Guatemala (GREPALMA), aiming to jointly align strategic efforts by defining common objectives, identifying high impact projects, and fulfilling commitments in an effective manner.

RSPO Latin America has signed two key Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the palm oil federations of Mexico and Guatemala, the Mexican Federation of Oil Palm Producers (FEMEXPALMA), and the Guild of Palm Growers of Guatemala (GREPALMA). RSPO hopes to achieve specific objectives — certifying 40 percent of palm oil production in Mexico, and certifying 75 percent of palm oil production in Guatemala (photo courtesy RSPO).

With these newly inked agreements, which will be effective until 2025, RSPO hopes to achieve specific objectives — certifying 40 percent of palm oil production in Mexico and certifying 75 percent of palm oil production in Guatemala.

Francisco Naranjo, RSPO Director for Latin America, said this collaboration with the two palm oil federations will “decisively push the sustainable production of palm oil in Latin America by establishing clear goals and programmes aligned with these institutions.

This alliance showcases the maturity of the palm oil sector, as well as its commitment to maintaining the region´s leadership in sustainability at the global level, said Francisco Naranjo.

Landmark moment for Latin America

The signing comes at an auspicious moment for RSPO’s Latin American members as it recently reached a milestone of 1.5 million tonnes of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) in February 2021.

A total of 31 certified growers in the Latin American region covers over 420 500 hectares (ha) of certified land, representing 30 percent of the region being RSPO certified — making it the fastest-growing region in terms of certification.

Since the foundation of FEMEXPALMA, sustainability has been a fundamental axis in our work agenda, and we are convinced that this effort will be reinforced through the signing of the collaboration agreement with RSPO. Both institutions are able to add our synergies and experiences, especially in focusing on strategies to benefit smallholders. Together, we jointly promote the sustainable production of palm oil in Mexico to be the norm, said FEMEXPALMA Executive President José Luis Pérez Vázquez.

RSPO’s collaboration with FEMEXPALMA and GREPALMA will include several activities to accelerate RSPO’s mission of making sustainable palm oil the norm, including membership training, technical capacity building, joint communications, RSPO promotion, and participation as RSPO Ambassadors.

GREPALMA is strongly committed to upholding Guatemala as a global role model of sustainability and productivity in the palm oil sector. Working together and joining forces is fundamental in achieving this, which is why this joint plan for 2021-2025 we have outlined with RSPO will strengthen our producers, propel a strategic way forward, and foster sustainable growth and responsibility in our sector, said GREPALMA Executive Director Karen Rosales.

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