PRODUCING AND SELLING PALM OIL
Senegal – Casamance – rural community of Ouonck
July 2014 – june 2016
Grdr Migration – citoyenneté – développement and Groupement d’intérêt économique Kadiamor
Nine groups essentially composed of women
Heart of the project
A threat on the palm oil sector
Within the rural community of Ouonck of 10 544 inhabitants (of which 53% are women), the exploitation of palm trees is specifically done by women who are organized in the villages in Groups of Feminine Promotion.
The palm tree industry (and its by-products: palm oil and kernel oil, palm wine…) is one of main sources of income in the region especially during the lean season (period preceding the first harvest) when the needs are more important. However, the lack of appropriate equipment and the natural factors (soil salinity, drought, and bush fires) represent threats for this activity.
Highlighting a local product: palm oil
The project relies on the principle that exploiting natural resources for an economical purpose and preserving the biodiversity must be inseparable to be sustainable. Therefore, the project wants to promote a solid rural economy, relying on the preservation and the valorization of natural resources, the promotion of material and local skills and the increase of sources of revenue for the populations.
Increase the quality and quantity of palm oil by carrying out a study, by the participative elaboration of a bill of specifications for the sustainable palm and kernel oil, by supporting and following up on the groups in their implementation of the bill.
Bring a technical reinforcement and an organizational support to the actors of the sector through trainings on the maintenance of equipments and by linking the groups with the regional service centers to help with briefs and obtaining credits.
Highlight the remunerative commercialization channels by analyzing the commercialization channels and implementing communication campaigns and by supporting the FRA’s research (fabrication and commercialization authority) for the certification of products.
Reforest the area with palm trees and raise people’s awareness of the use of forest resources by formalizing consensual rules of access to resources and by following and monitoring its implementation.
The project allowed us to significantly improve our production process by introducing upstream hygienic conditions. It also enables us, through financial and accounting trainings, to enhance our control of cost and selling pricesKhady, beneficiarySecretary of the economic group of Kadiamor
The 9 groups will have internal rules of functioning and hold regular meetings. At least 3 of the 9 groups have access to one of the available services of the region of Ziguinchor (credit, consulting services)
Over 80% of the production is commercialized
The density and diversity of the trees in the transition area are protected and cease to decrease