Smallholder development as the best route for palm oil in Africa?

Published 21 Dec 2016

The role of smallholders featured heavily in last month’s Guardian expert panel discussion on oil palm development in Africa. Abraham Baffoe, Africa Regional Director for SHARP partner Proforest, was on the panel, which was supported by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil. Amongst the panel members and the audience, who were invited to contribute questions, there was a strong interest in ensuring local communities and smallholders benefit from the industry. And many agreed with Abraham’s concluding statement that the preferable form of palm oil development for Africa would be through smallholder production.

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Norpalm adopts RSS approach in Ghana

Published 18 Nov 2015

The palm oil company Norpalm has begun using the Responsible Sourcing from Smallholders (RSS) approach to work on sustainability with its smallholder suppliers in Ghana.

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Getting it right from the start

Published 11 Nov 2015

How to include smallholders in the development of a sustainable African palm oil industry was the subject of much debate in September when the Africa Sustainable Palm Oil Forum took place in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

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Lessons from PES: pros and cons of smallholder incentives

Published 20 Oct 2015

Earlier this year, SHARP published a study of Payments for Ecosystem Services projects that involve smallholder farmers in tropical forested areas, based on a wide-ranging literature review by Helen Cross and Willie McGhee. We have now added to the SHARP website a directory of the 28 projects reviewed in the study, which we hope will be a useful resource. Click here to see the PES project directory. The SHARP secretariat also took the opportunity to contact a range of practitioners and researchers for their insights into smallholder-oriented PES projects. Here we report the results.

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BOPP smallholders in Ghana agree plan for sustainable farming

Published 02 Sep 2015

Members of an oil palm farmers association in Ghana have gone through the process of identifying High Conservation Values in their location and developing a management and monitoring plan.

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