WWF Cameroon and RSS

WWF Cameroon and its local partner Environmental Governance Institute (EGI) is looking into RSS as a tool for their work on sustainable smallholder palm oil production. Using models such as the RSS framework, the aim is to create win-win partnerships between smallholders and agroindustry and to facilitate the restructuring of palm oil smallholder farmers into cooperatives. WWF and EGI is organising a series of workshops that will cover cooperative governance focusing on leadership, conflict management, benefit sharing and business development.

Smallholder engagement could be option to meet current palm oil deficit

The initiative has been driven by the Cameroonian Government’s sustainable strategy focused on smallholder engagement as an option to meet the current deficit of palm oil and ensuring that agro-industries do not expand onto new land but instead rely on smallholders for their supply of Fresh Fruit Bunches. 

On this theme workshops were held in Buea from 31 May to 3 June,  and cooperatives discussed key principles of governance such as participation, transparency, and efficiency and how to become leaders in economic, social and environmental sustainability in palm oil production in Cameroon. 

To date EGI and WWF under the CSO support Project and the WWF Netherlands Green Economy Project, have supported the creation of six palm oil cooperatives in the Coastal Forests Landscape. Read about the highlights from the workshops here

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