Agribusiness, Overdevelopment, and Palm Oil Industrial Restructuring in Malaysia

  • Iwasa Kazuyuki 
Part of the Asia in Transition book series (AT, volume 7)


Palm oil has become one of the most contested agro-commodities in developing countries. With characteristics of high productivity and general-purpose use, palm oil has been used worldwide for various items such as food, nonfood, and biofuel, and most frequently consumed in the oils and fats market. This global demand has been supported by a massive supply from Southeast Asia, mostly from Malaysia and Indonesia. Both countries have launched massive plantation development projects to become dominant world producers/exporters. However, in the shadow of this lucrative export boom, tropical ecosystems have been rapidly converted into vast monocultured landscape. This chapter examines the structure of the palm oil industry as a set of agro-industrial production linkages and then focuses on the recent transnationalization of agribusiness capital. It looks at and measures the latest transnationalization in a dual form within a short time, and explores the growth divergence between agribusiness and national industry/economy before building a substantial national economic base. Finally, it suggests that within agribusiness in Malaysia there is short-term economic orientation which influences how the national economy is built.


Agribusiness Commodity chains Global palm connections Metabolism Overdevelopment Agro-business restructuring 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Humanities and Social SciencesKochi UniversityKochiJapan

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