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Indonesia's palm oil crisis pushes Jokowi administration to the edge

Fundamental market reforms needed to prevent the same thing happening again

| Indonesia
Workers load palm oil fresh fruit bunches in Pekanbaru, Indonesia on April 27: Farmers should not be adversely affected.   © Reuters

Dr. Asmiati Malik is an assistant professor at Universitas Bakrie Indonesia.

As the producer of 60% of the world's palm oil, Indonesians find it difficult to accept that their country cannot significantly influence global prices for the commodity that many of them depend on for cooking oil, a vital basic need.

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