Rebuilding the Nigerian palm oil industry through partnerships
Oil palm originated in West Africa, and has been grown traditionally as a subsistence crop in small-scale farming systems for thousands of years. With ever increasing demand for palm oil, and limited room for the industry’s continued expansion in Asia, West Africa has become the new frontier for large-scale palm oil production. Nigeria was once the world’s leading producer and exporter of palm oil. Although Nigeria remains the largest palm oil producing country in Africa, and the fifth largest globally, it is now a nett importer of palm oil to satisfy growing local demand.