World Rainforest Movement

Oil palm plantations severely harm communities and territories in Central America


The high demand for palm oil is leading to the growth of African Palm plantations around the world, including in Central America. These plantations, in turn, are fuelling environmental destruction, the exploitation of agricultural labour, and the displacement of local peasants by companies often financed by development banks. The TV channel TeleSur produced a short video about the impacts of palm oil plantations on peasants and indigenous peoples during a gathering in Washington, DC aimed to speak out against violations of human rights in Central America. You can watch the video (in English) here:

See another video narrated by Saul Paau, a Q’eqchi’ Mayan community leader, who describes the environmental and social devastation wrought by the palm oil industry in Guatemala, in particular, the 2015 ecocide in the Pasión River and continuous land grabbing by the company REPSA. The narration is in Spanish with English subtitles:

You can also watch a video in Spanish on the history and impacts of the oil palm plantations in Honduras, produced by the Honduran Black Fraternal Organization (OFRANEH, for its acronym in Spanish) at: