Palm Oil Fuels Land Grabs In Africa – Analysis

The oil palm nursery occupies several hectares of newly cleared forest and fallow land in Sierra Leone. This is the newly growing investment of palm oil production by industries and companies from Asia. Government targets for the use of agrofuels in Europe, China and North America are making palm oil, which can be used to produce biodiesel, an even hotter commodity. The burgeoning demand for palm oil is fuelling a war of words over its pros and cons, and fuelling a new scramble for land in Africa. There are no detailed studies showing the full extent of foreign investment in land for oil palm in West and Central Africa, so information about land deals, many lacking any transparency, is piecemeal at best. Read more here.
Pambazuka News


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