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Patrice Levang is director of research at the French Research Institute for Development (IRD) and Seconded Scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Agronomist by training he specialized in the study of agricultural colonization projects in forested environments. He did his dissertation on the Indonesian transmigration program after 10 years of field work in Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi, studying both local and migrant communities. More recent works concern the livelihood issues of forest people faced with development projects like forest conversion into agricultural (mainly rubber and oil palm) and forestry plantations in Indonesia and in Central Africa. In his works, he shows that far from being helpless victims of deforestation orchestrated by outsiders, forest people are active actors of the conversion of forests into agricultural land uses.
Patrice spent 30 years in Indonesia, 4 years in Cameroon, and recently moved back to Montpellier (France).

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Send off from Cameroon
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Oil Palm Adaptive Landscapes (OPAL)
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Palms of controversies: Oil palm and development challenges