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Improving the Income Generating Potential of Oil Palm in West and Central Africa Region (Cameroon and Nigeria)

Project description

Palm oil can play a key role in sustainable development in many parts of the tropics. Because it is highly productive, oil palm can provide a family with decent living from a smaller land area than most other crops. The long-term objective of this project is to promote the development of the sustainable production and utilization of the oil palm in West and Central African countries, with a focus on markets as the driving force behind such sectoral development. The project is also contributing to the reduction of poverty in rural areas where palm oil is widely cultivated creating rural and urban employment and value-addition that ultimately contribute to the improvement of the economies of the target countries.

The project addresses technical input requirements in prevailing oil palm production systems aimed at increasing productivity quality and value through:
•    improving the diversification of products with large sustainable markets from the oil palm;
•    providing increased access to markets for producers and
•    fostering an environment for more equitable sharing of benefits amongst stakeholders.

Technical support is provided by way of dissemination of tested and proven interventions along the value chain. Models have been developed using proven options in pilot trials and subsequently replicated in other locations within the framework of the project. The project is achieving its objectives by focusing its interventions on three areas:

a)    Improving the technological and skills inputs in palm oil processing through technology transfer
b)    Developing capacity for the sustainable development and supply of fresh palm fruit bunches and
c)    Improving market access and competitiveness for palm oil produced in the region