The long-term objective of the project is to promote the development of sustainable production and utilisation of oil palm in West and Central African countries. The project will contribute to poverty reduction in rural areas where palm oil is widely cultivated creating rural and urban employment and value-addition to ultimately improve the economy of the target countries. The focus is on developing small scale palm oil processing enterprises. The project started in 2010.
Cameroon has four approved sites (Sombo, Green Valley, Mkpot and Teze) and Nigeria two approved sites (Okitipupa, Uyo). At each site, a small-to-medium scale processing capacity will be developed. Progress has been less than expected, because of a delay in the establishment of the processing units, also leading to delays in training on operation and effective maintenance programs. Likewise, introduction of new and improved varieties and improved farm management/agricultural practices have been delayed in both project countries. Once the processing units are operational, training activities will intensify both for operators and farmers. At the request of the PEA, the project duration has been extended.