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Towards Achieving a Sustainable Palm Oil Supply Chain in Africa



Over the past decade, large-scale palm oil production has expanded into West and Central Africa. However, the sector is faced with challenges including poor infrastructure, inadequate access to credit facilities, the domination of the industry by smallholders, among others.


Various efforts have been invested to encourage local production and processing. Recently, Solidaridad launched the National Initiatives for Sustainable and Climate-smart Oil Palm Smallholders (NISCOPS) aimed at enabling governments to support farmers towards more sustainable climate smart palm oil production (Business Ghana, 21st Jan 2020). Nigerian government announced an investment of $500 million to double oil palm output and meet country’s domestic palm oil demand by 2027.


How is Africa – one of the key palm oil producing regions - leveraging on this growing billion dollar market?


Booming demand for edible oil, cosmetics, bio-diesel, lubricants, surfactants, energy and other applications have boosted the growth of palm oil activities in Africa. Some of the African countries that have taken the lead with investments and initiatives -


  • Nigeria aims to become palm oil self- sufficient by increasing its production to 5 MTA by 2027. It also aims to double its oil palm acreage 6 million hectares.
  • A multi-million dollar oil palm refinery is coming up in Ghana – a collaboration between Ghana’s Agricultural Development Bank and South Korean firm, Posco International. (Agro Africa Magazine, 27 Nov 2019).
  • This year, Solidaridad launched the National Initiatives for Sustainable and Climate-smart Oil Palm Smallholders (NISCOPS) in Ghana aimed at enabling governments to support farmers towards more sustainable climate smart palm oil production (Business Ghana, 21st Jan 2020).  
  • Ethiopia will soon welcome a new edible oil production plant established by Golden Africa, a subsidiary of Malaysian Hayel Saeed Anam (HAS) - (Food Business Africa, 24 Apr 2019). Will this investment change Ethiopia’s palm imports – 90% of the palm oil sold in country is currently imported.

Power plant projects using palm biomass as feedstock:


  • Biovéa Energie SA and the Ivory Coast Government signed a contract for the first and biggest biomass power plant in Ayebo. Biomass will be retrieved from non-industrial planters and from PALMCI (Africa Oil & Power, 30 Jan 2020).
  • Dekel Agri-Vision Plc announced plans to develop a hybrid power plant which will use feedstock from Dekel's palm oil operations (Renewables Now, 2 Dec 2019)

Key programme highlights: 


  • LMC Int reveals long term problems for palm oil output and its effect on oil prices after 2022.
  • Benso Oil Palm Plantation focuses on sustainable palm oil business in Africa. 
  • IMC Plantations presents Nigeria’s roadmap & expansion plan towards self-sufficiency in palm oil production
  • Okomu Oil Palm updates on their new oil palm plantation project and lessons learned  
  • Solidaridad explains about climate-smart smallholders program to improve oil palm production
  • Wilmar Africa talks on emerging downstream opportunities for palm oil.  
  • GVL provides details on the new large - scale palm oil processing investment through public private partnerships in Liberia. 
  • Palmline Group shares on PKS-based biomass power plant in Nigeria and opportunities 
  • Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries shares latest updates on palm oil scene in East Africa.
  • Serendipalm presents a case study on best practices in rolling out an effective outgrower’s scheme

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Testimonial from Past Events :
Nice conference well-organized and good networking.
~ Presco Plc (SIAT)
The conference provided very valuable insights into the palm oil & rubber industry, with opportunity to networkwith quality delegates.
~ Sahel Capital Agribusiness Managers Ltd
It is worth attending.
~ Bayer West-Central Africa S.A
Very insightful and educative experience. Very good conference. 
~ Henkel Laundry & Home Care
Knowledge gaining conference.

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News Feed

New Biomass Plant in Côte d’Ivoire to use palm waste as feedstock

Posted on : 10 Mar, 2020

A new 46-MW biomass power plant is coming up in Côte d’Ivoire that will use locally available palm waste as feedstock. BIOVEA Energie – a joint venture between EDF, Meridiam and Biokala (subsidiary of the SIFCA Group) – has signed a contract with the Côte d’Ivoire Government for the project. Expected to begin construction in mid-2020, the biomass plant will begin commissioning in mid-2023.
The biomass plant will be the largest of its kind in West Africa and will be fueled by agricultural waste, generating electricity for 1.7 million people annually. The plant is expected to use biomass fuel that comes from leaf residues of the palm trees grown locally – that are sourced from local 12,000 non-industrial planters (representing over 70% of the biomass) as well as from PALMCI, a subsidiary of the SIFCA group.
The initiative is within the framework of the Côte d’Ivoire National Renewable Energy Action Plan for 2014-2030, with the aim of achieving a 42%-share of renewable energies in the energy mix by the year 2030.
For the latest on Africa’s palm oil markets, attend CMT’s 7th Africa Oil Palm Summit in Accra, Ghana.
Email Grace at grace@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9147 for more details.

Nigeria aims to increase palm oil production to 5 million tons over the next 8 years

Posted on : 25 Nov, 2019

Nigeria currently produces about 600,000 tons of palm oil annually. The government now aims to increase the production by about 700% over the next 8 years.
According to the trade and investment ministry, about 180 billion naira ($500 million) are expected to be invested.
Some of the changes that the new policy seeks to implement are - remove the 75% duty rebate granted on refined palm oil imports while extending tax holiday for all producing and processing companies to five years from current three years. A five-year restriction of crude and refined palm oil importation to large-scale refineries and crushing-plant owners is also expected to be implemented. In addition, farmers can access loans at 9% per annum through a central bank-administered lending to expand cultivation by at least 3 million hectares.
The country’s largest palm oil producer - Presco is at the forefront of this expansion. It is building a 500-ton capacity refinery that is slated to begin operating in first quarter of 2020. Presco has further plans to increase capacity to 210 tons an hour by 2022 - with an additional 60 tons per hour in milling facilities.
For the latest on Africa’s palm oil markets, attend CMT’s 7th Africa Oil Palm Summit in Accra, Ghana.
Email Grace at grace@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9147 for more details.