Our model focuses on using decentralized palm that occurs naturally from smallholders and does not lead to mono-cropping and environmental degradation.
Africans have sustainably cultivated and benefited from these trees naturally growing in the region. Nigeria was the world’s leading producer of palm oil during the period of British rule, while West Africa was the centre of the palm industry.
In 1964, the World Bank declared Nigeria’s Eastern Region as the fastest growing regional economy in the world. Nigeria led global palm production with 90% from the region. Since Nigeria’s Civil War (1967-1970), there has been a marked fall from grace.
The once-bustling Abak Substation of Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) in Akwa Ibom State that donated oil palm seedlings to Malaysia in 1960 is in a grim state of dilapidation and abandonment. Visiting Malaysians collected the oil palm seedlings; cross-pollinated them in Ikot Okpong.
Today, Malaysia is a leading palm oil-exporting country in the world while Abak substation, the trailblazer is retrogressing.
Profit-seeking conglomerates in Southeast Asia’s oil palm industry, especially Malaysia and Indonesia, have engaged in aggressive mono-crop cultivation of palm destroying rainforests and sending species into extinction.
The Oil palm tree is not the driver of deforestation in the rainforest instead, it is the process adopted by huge players focusing on completely taking over existing rainforests and land cultivated by smallholders.
Our Model focuses on dealing with naturally occurring Wild Palm, empowering Smallholders & reducing wastage.
We work closely with smallholder farmers, without taking ownership of their land & enforcing mono-cropping.
We’re working to ensure that the smallholders adopt the best agricultural practices & making investments in their processing equipment. This further prevents the chances of potential wildfires of the oil palm they work with today while increasing yields & reducing wastage of palm fruit.
Our model helps to boost revenue for smallholders as we offtake their produce (Palm Nut) during palm oil production while they harvest from the wild palm forest.
This approach makes it a win-win for the Environment, Smallholders & Releaf.
The demand for palm is not going away, in fact, it is the miracle ingredient for everything, from shampoo to biscuits. As the demand for consumer goods increases so does the demand for palm & its by-products.
We’re focused on meeting the market demand in a sustainable way and displacing deforestation palm.
On our roadmap, we also have registering our smallholders with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)