As the lands of traditional palm oil powerhouses like Indonesia and Malaysia have become saturated with plantations, companies looking to profit have turned to areas of tropical forest elsewhere – like Papua New Guinea.
There’s little doubt that the use of palm oil is expanding rapidly throughout the world, and with it the need for millions of hectares of land to grow oil palm trees. The results can be devastating for local communities.
Police in Sierra Leone open fire on villagers gathered to express their grievances over the lease of 6,500 hectares of land to the Socfin Agricultural Company. Only the latest incident in a deteriorating situation.