Herakles Farms

Asian palm-oil planters head to West Africa

Suitable land for palm-oil cultivation is running out in top producers Malaysia and Indonesia, which now account for about 85 percent of the global output. Wilmar is among several companies searching for land in West and Central Africa.

Fighting to save Africa's richest rainforest

Nasako Besingi, director of environmental NGO Struggle to Economize the Future, says protests against a controversial palm oil plantation in the Korup National Park, southwest Cameroon will continue despite arrests and intimidation.

Africa's false dilemma

"It seems incongruous that Herakles Farms claims it is trying to improve the lives of local people but then there is scarcely any consultation with those same people over what is to be done with the land they depend on for their livelihoods, nor any serious acknowledgment of the risks posed to local environments and the global climate," writes Kumi Naidoo