30 Mar '16, 9pm

‘This is not empty forest’: Africa’s palm oil surge builds in Cameroon

Cameroon in many ways is a microcosm of the surge in oil palm investment set to take much of tropical Africa by storm. The country has a history with the crop dating back more than six decades to colonialism under the French. Many Cameroonians today produce palm oil for themselves and for sale on the local market, and a few international companies have begun to test the waters, developing large-scale industrial plantations, often with the blessing of key government officials who see the crop as a critical rung on the ladder toward Cameroon becoming an emerging nation.

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2016/03/this-is-not-empty-forest...

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