Palm oil production in Nigeria is a destructive and violent business. Companies like Okomu Oil Palm Plantation Plc (OOPC) are clearing forests with breathtaking speed and leaving destroyed livelihoods and human rights violations in their wake.
Please support the struggle of local communities for their rights and for nature.
On May 20, 2020, the village Ijaw-Gbene in southern Nigeria was burnt to the ground.
Witnesses identified the Okomu Oil Palm Plantation Plc (OOPC) security force and members of the Nigerian army as the attackers.
Previously, three other villages had been torched under similar circumstances.
The attack in May 2020 left local farmers and fisherfolk homeless and their properties destroyed.
More than 80 villagers had no choice but to seek shelter in neighboring communities and in churches, rendering social distancing impossible and increasing their risk of COVID infection.
OOPC denies the allegations.
OOPC is a subsidiary of SOCFIN, a group controlled by French corporate titan Vincent Bolloré and the Belgian businessman Hubert Fabri.
SOCFIN operates rubber and palm oil plantations in ten countries in Africa and Asia.
Europeans have a bad reputation: whether in Cameroon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, or Cambodia, wherever Socfin works, the local population complains about brutal methods.
In Nigeria’s Okomu Kingdom, SOCFIN’s 33,000-hectare plantation is encroaching on communities that never agreed to give their ancestral land away.
It stretches into forest reserves, home to endangered species such as chimpanzees, forest elephants, and red-bellied monkeys.
Logging and industrial agriculture are the major drivers of deforestation in Nigeria, a country that has already lost 96 percent of its forest cover.
In a joint letter dated September 4, local communities asked the Nigerian president to take steps against OOPC. The struggle against the company is not an isolated case – it’s symptomatic for the palm oil business around the world.
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And I mean…To clarify once again: First, there is practically no sustainable palm oil. The oil palm cultivation and processing is a highly polluting and dirty industry because it involves a lot of money.
But with the help of the Europeans, people are brutally driven from their countries, even with the help of the military.
The thousands of hectares of monoculture plantations in Asia and Africa are mostly the result of deforestation in the rainforest or the displacement of small farmers.
They leach out the soil, are very water-intensive, and require large amounts of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. They also prevent smallholder agriculture, are known for the miserable working conditions and wages of palm oil workers, and thus contribute to increased land conflicts, impoverishment, and hunger.
After all, German chemical companies are also among the main buyers of this increasingly important raw material.
Palm oil has been linked to human rights abuses and violence.
Palm oil is forest destruction, human and animal life destruction.
Never buy products that contain palm oil.
With our purchase, we can also resist the big multinational oligarchs and save people and animals.
My best regards to all, Venus
Note: Not all pictures are from Africa.
Most are from Asia, where the dirty palm oil business best blooms