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Theresa Asia palm oil vessel
Although it is legally permissible, critics say the discharge of waste by palm oil vessels flushing out their tanks off the coast of Malaysia highlights an overlooked problem.
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Sabah pygmy elephants
Elephant encroachment into plantation estates remain a recurring problem, Eco-Business observes on a recent visit to Sukau, Kinabatangan, where forested areas have been fragmented by thousands of hectares of oil palm sites.


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A woman working in a tobacco field in East Lombok
Community-based initiatives like cooperative farming ventures and water conservation projects can play a vital role in building resilience among women farmers.

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manila floodgates
Urban Asia is facing a perfect storm. Sea levels are rising, rainfall is becoming erratic, yet more people than ever are moving into cities, leading to tensions and pressures. This report looks at how Asia’s coastal cities can adapt.
SAFEF launch of new local produce
Businesses are testing out new models that can simplify the way people buy locally-grown food. But will prices be competitive enough, and is buying and eating local in the Singaporean cultural DNA?
Indoor kale
Five years ago, Singapore set out to triple its food production by 2030. Now, output remains low, while profitability seems like a pipe dream for many farmers. What went wrong, and how can we get the agri-tech drive back on track?
Lim Chu Kang farm
Read our deep-dive into the country's farming infrastructure – and lack thereof – as part of our special report on local food production in the city-state.

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