The curse of palm oil in Cameroon: Pollution, expropriations and land grabbing
Local communities affected by the oil palm plantations from the Société des Palmeraies du Cameroun (SOCAPALM) are waging an all-out battle to defend their rights, which are being trampled on with impunity. This giant agro-industrial palm oil production company, controlled by the Bolloré Group, has planted vast plantations in the coastal, central and southern regions of the country. Moreover, Bolloré also owns SOCFIN, the company responsible for destruction of villages and human rights violations in Nigeria. Mbonjo, Cameroon, is a village of over 2,000 people whose livelihoods are subsistence farming and small-scale fishing. They sell their surplus in nearby marketplaces. For the past several years, these hardworking people have been unable to concentrate on their rural activities. They live each day as if it were their last. “We have not got enough land for farming, because we are the victims of brutal land appropriations. SOCAPALM says there is none left for us. We are reduced to begging for a plot of earth,” said His Majesty Martin Mbongo.
Read the full article here (in French):
Read a WRM interview with a local resident from Nigeria, Sunny Ajele, explaining the amount of devastation and criminalization that the company brought to their lives: