Project Executing Agency:  United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Supervisory Body:Intergovernmental Group on Oils, Oilseeds and Fats
Project duration :      48 months
Main Ministries concerned:– Ministry of Mines, Industries and Technological Development- Department of Commerce- Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development- Ministry of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development- Ministry of Finance
Financial partners:– Common Fund for Commodities (CFC)- The Governments of the Republic of Cameroon and the Federal Republic of Nigeria- United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)- Pilot sites in Cameroon and Nigeria- National Syndicates of Palm Oil Producers in Cameroon and Nigeria
The project’s objectives:– The long-term objective of the project is to promote the development of the sustainable production and use of oil palm in the countries of West and Central Africa, with an emphasis on markets as the driving force behind such sectoral development. The project aims to contribute to poverty reduction in rural areas where oil palm is widely cultivated, by creating jobs in both rural and urban areas and the creation of added value in view, at the end of account, to improve the economy of the target countries.
Project components:– Improvement of technology inputs and skills in the sector through technology transfer.- Capacity building for the sustainable development and supply of oil mills with fresh palm fruit diets.- Improved market access and the competitiveness of palm oil produced in the region.
Pilot sites:4 in Cameroon- Green Valley Plantation, Bakingili-Limbe, Fako Department, South West Region- GIC BAMSO, Sombo, Department of Nyong and Kelle, Center Region- Ejagham Oil Palm Cooperative at Mkpot, Manyu Division Department, South West Region- Teze-Ngieof the Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Momo Division, North West Region2 in Nigeria– Igbotako-Ondo State- Abak-Akwa Ibom State
Expected results and impacts:The project will help slow down the rural exodus.In particular, the project aims to achieve:- The development of policies favorable to investment in the oil palm sector in the region.- The promotion of a crude palm oil processing industry linked to global supply chains.- Improving the marketing of finished products by establishing links (downstream and upstream as well as vertically and horizontally) between the various players along the value chain.- The sustainable supply of basic products, determining for the development of industries in a long term perspective.- Strengthening the capacity of target organizations to provide extension services to small farmers.- Promotion of a regional association of palm oil producers led by the private sector to deal with regional issues concerning the production, processing and marketing of palm oil.
Project launch dateThe project was officially launched in March 2007
Local technical partnersTo support the Project, MINMIDT encouraged the creation of an association of manufacturers of palm fruit processing equipment (ACET-FP)Signature of a collaboration protocol with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Polytechnique for the development of local palm oil processing technologies
Diverse activitiesConducting of several technical capacity building seminars for ACET-FP members
Works currently underway in Cameroon– Construction (civil works) completed of hangars at three sites in Sombo, Mpot and Teze- Civil works of the Bakingili site completed- Creation of a nursery in each pilot site
Works in the coming months– Beginning of the implementation of the technology transfer component at the sites thanks to the award, by UNIDO, to a local company, of the construction contract for the equipment of the various oil mills
prospectThere is currently a study aimed at the sustainability of the project. Given that the first phase of the project ends in 2014, the sustainability program will make it possible to monitor and supervise the activities of the pilot sites after the departure of UNIDO and to contribute to the selection of new pilot sites for the 2nd  phase.
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