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After Asia, palm oil faces the backlash in Africa

Land acquired for plantations impacting Gabon, Cameroon, Congo Basin: green groups

Gabon, which is 80 per cent covered by forests, is feeling the brunt. Two environmental groups estimate Olam has deforested some 20,000 hectares in its Gabonese concessions of Awala et Mouila since 2012.

Yaounde, Cameroon

PALM oil's lower cost has made it popular in commercial food production, but after being blamed for deforestation in Asia, palm oil plantations are now getting a similar rap in Africa.

The sheer scale of land required is having an impact in Gabon, Cameroon and the...

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