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Sago Palm

Multiple Contributions to Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods

  • Demonstrates the benefits of sago starch development for subsistence farmers and food industries

  • Explores the potential for economic development of sago starch production in marginal peat swamp soils

  • Documents how greater utilization of sago starch in rural areas can create new income opportunities for local people, as well as prospects for small-scale industrial development

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction of Sago Resources

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Growing Area of Sago Palm and Its Environment

      • Mochamad Hasjim Bintoro, Muhammad Iqbal Nurulhaq, Agief Julio Pratama, Fendri Ahmad, Liska Ayulia
      Pages 17-29Open Access
    3. Life and Livelihood in Sago-Growing Areas

      • Yukio Toyoda
      Pages 31-42Open Access
  3. Diversity of Sago Resource in Asia and Pacific

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 43-43
    2. Sago Palm Genetic Resource Diversity in Indonesia

      • Barahima Abbas
      Pages 61-71Open Access
  4. Sago Industry Contributes for Food Security and Rural Development in Core Producing Countries

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 73-73
    2. An Overview of Sago Industry Development, 1980s–2015

      • F. S. Jong
      Pages 75-89Open Access
    3. Suitability of Peat Swamp Areas for Commercial Production of Sago Palms: The Sarawak Experience

      • Roland Yong Chiew Ming, Yusup Sobeng, Fariza Zaini, Noraini Busri
      Pages 91-108Open Access
    4. Addressing Food Insecurity in Papua New Guinea Through Food Safety and Sago Cropping

      • Aisak G. Pue, Mary T. Fletcher, Barry Blaney, Andrew R. Greenhill, Jeffery M. Warner, Atagazli Latifa et al.
      Pages 123-137Open Access
  5. Agricultural Botany of Sago Palm

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 155-155
    2. Dry Matter Production as a Basis of Starch Production in Sago Palm

      • Yoshinori Yamamoto
      Pages 157-167Open Access
    3. Morphogenesis of Sago Palm

      • Satoshi Nakamura
      Pages 169-179Open Access
  6. Growth Environment

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 191-191
    2. Soil Environment in Sago Palm Forest

      • Masanori Okazaki, Yuka Sasaki
      Pages 193-206Open Access

About this book

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This book addresses a wide variety of events and technologies concerning the sago palm, ranging from its botanical characteristics, culture and use to social conditions in the places where it is grown, in order to provide a record of research findings and to benefit society. It discusses various subjects, including the sago palm and related species; differentiation of species of starch-producing palm; habitat, morphological, physiological and growth characteristics; culture and management; productivity of carbon dioxide; starch extraction and manufacture; characteristics and utilization of starch; and cultural anthropological and folkloristic aspects.

Problems such as food shortages due to increasing populations, global warming and climate change, and decreasing reserves of oil and other underground resources, have become more pressing in recent years. In the context of these problems, the book examines the role of the sago palm in sustainable food production, in the manufacture of other foodstuffs, as a raw material for ethanol and in the manufacture of biodegradable plastics. In addition to academics, this book will be useful to researchers and government officials working for international agencies, national governments, municipalities, and other research organizations; technicians, researchers, managers, entrepreneurs, and others working in industries such as agriculture, plant production, food production, manufacturing, chemical engineering, energy production, and distribution.


  • Under-utilized food resource
  • Metroxylon sagu
  • Starch production
  • Sago palm forest
  • Sago sugar
  • Open access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Applied Social System Institute of Asia; International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Education, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

    Hiroshi Ehara

  • College of Tourism, Rikkyo University, Niiza, Japan

    Yukio Toyoda

  • Cincinnati, USA

    Dennis V. Johnson

About the editors

Book Editors:

Hiroshi Ehara, Ph.D., Professor

International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Education (ICCAE), Nagoya University

Yukio Toyoda, M.A., Professor

College of Tourism, Rikkyo University

Dennis V. Johnson, Ph.D.

Former University of Houston, Consultant

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Sago Palm

  • Book Subtitle: Multiple Contributions to Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods

  • Editors: Hiroshi Ehara, Yukio Toyoda, Dennis V. Johnson

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-10-5268-2

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-13-3851-9

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-10-5269-9

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 330

  • Number of Illustrations: 35 b/w illustrations, 71 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Agriculture, Plant Science, Sustainability

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)