5th Africa Oil Palm & Rubber Summit

25-26 Apr, 2018 - Accra, GHANA

Labadi Beach Hotel

"Moving Forward with Sustainable Oil Palm in Africa
& Improving Smallholder’s Productivity”

"Continued Resilience of Natural Rubber
in the face of Challenges"

Unstoppable demand for palm oil products over the next five years with global market estimated to be worth US $88 billion by 2022.


Malaysia and Indonesia together produce more than 80% of the global palm oil supply. In recent years both countries are focusing on Central and West Africa with an estimated 22 million hectares of land is being converted to oil palm plantations.

  • Indonesia interested in Angolan industry (16 Nov 2017, Angola Press ANGOP)
  • Malaysian firms to assist Nigeria revitalise oil palm sector (13 Aug 2017, New Telegraph Newspaper)

Nigeria is revitalizing the nation’s oil palm sector and plans to restore its position as the leader in palm oil production. It is forging closer partnership with Malaysian companies, bringing in their know-hows and technologies to ensure quality production.


With accelerating expansions in West Africa especially in the Congo Basin, palm oil investors are committing themselves towards sustainable productions and responsible investments. With NDPE (‘No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation’) policies rolled out, more companies are excluding unsustainable palm oil from their supply chains and investment portfolios. How effective is the implementation in Africa?  

  • Cameroon: Nyong Et Kelle - First Oil Palm Mill Inaugurated (7 Nov 2017, All Africa)
  • SIFCA to joint venture with GVL to build palm oil factory in Liberia (9 Oct 2017, Executive Mansion Liberia)
  • DekelOil pressing ahead with its next Ivorian palm oil project (31 Jan 2018, Webfg.com)

Natural Rubber is gaining fresh interests and investments in West Africa. With projections of increased demand till 2020 the outlook for global natural market is positive.

  • The government of Ghana, identified the rubber sector as holding tremendous potential to create jobs and reduce poverty, contributing to the development of the economy.
  • Sierra Leone attracted investments from Hainan Natural Rubber Group to develop a 35,000-hectare rubber plantation

CMT's 5th Africa Oil Palm & Rubber Summit engages all stakeholders, including the public and the private sectors, downstream processors to come together in Accra to jointly discuss the opportunities and challenges surrounding oil palm and natural rubber production.

Key Highlights:

  • Breakthrough LMC assesses where the industry is heading with palm oil and rubber prices. 
  • Olam talks on Integrating Africa with the Global Industry 
  • Sustainability strategies in Unilever Ghana’s Supply Chain 
  • Communauté Economique Des Etats De L’Afrique Centrale (CEEAC) / ECCAS’ regional strategies and action plans for Responsible and Sustainable Development of Palm Oil & Rubber Sectors in Central Africa
  • Flour Mills Nigeria brings their experience on Backward Integration & Maximizing Local Content
  • Sime Darby’s Model for Outgrower Schemes in Liberia
  • PZ Cussons talks on their Sustainable palm oil sourcing policies and its implementation challenges
  • Socfin lists their expectations on Sustainability in Natural Rubber Supply Chain. Between Standards, Commitments and Assessments
  • Tropical Rubber Cote d’Ivoire’s strategies on Managing Rubber Plantations during Current Low Rubber Prices
  • Introduction of PalmElit’s New Planting Materials and Procedures, Improving Cultivation Techniques & Yields 
  • IRAD Cameroon on Managing Major Diseases of the Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.)
  • WeFly Agri on New Technologies Migrating Traditional to Precision Agriculture using drones & Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Potential of Oil Palm Industry in Contributing in African Development Bank’s Feed Africa Strategy 
  • NIRSAL facilitates & De-risk investments along the Palm Oil Value Chain in Nigeria
  • Control Union Certifications guidelines on Developing Sustainable-Certified Palm Oil Products for Exports
  • Kobe Marine’s Biomass Fuels Generation Plans for Ghana

Register your interest with huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or online at http://www.cmtevents.com/

Comments from last event, Sept 2016 in Abidjan

“Very good opportunity to meet the professional of palm oil activity” - PALMCI


“This has been a good experience and we have been able to make some good networking” – Milindia Ltd


“Great experience with the opportunity to learn from the experiences/challenges and solutions of others”

– Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited


“Very instructive and fruitful discussions” – Sogescol FR s.a.

“It was very interesting to meet different players of the Oil Palm Chain” - Société des Caoutchoucs de Grand-Béréby (SOGB)


“Instructive and eye-opening” - Cikar SA


“Excellent opportunity for networking” - Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC)


“Good moment to share experience and contacts and also ideas” – Yara Cote d’Ivoire S.A.

News Feed

Nigeria can be a Global Leader in CPO Production

Posted on : 01 Feb, 2018

West Africa contributes about 5% to the world’s palm oil production. Nigeria’s own palm oil production stands at about 907,000 metric tonnes. The country despite having huge land resources suitable for palm oil production is unable to meet its own demand. It imports over 600 metric tonnes of palm oil.

However, Nigeria has huge potential to be a global leader in crude oil palm (CPO) production, as it is capable of producing over 600 million tonnes annually. Such production levels can be realised with the use of best agriculture management practices and employment of suitable agri technologies.

Global demand for palm oil is growing, and buyers are looking at Africa to meet such demand. Nigeria can take advantage of its total hectares of land under cultivation, human capital to become a global CPO producer. 

The Regional Manager of Solidaridad, West Africa, Isaac Gyamfi recently said “if Nigeria can intensify production on its existing 2.1m hectare under cultivation, it can produce 6 million metric tonnes of CPO and reduce the land currently under cultivation and release them for other agricultural activities.”

Some of the problems facing Nigeria’s oil palm sector is that 80% of its the oil production in Nigeria comes from the small holder farmers – which needs to be integrated. Another obstacle is technology used in processing of palm oil is inefficient – about 50% of palm oil is lost during processing. 

Soilidaridad through SWAPP has helped to prevent such losses. It has deployed equipment called cold pressing that could bring their oil extraction rate from around 9% to 17%.

Instead of bringing more land under palm oil cultivation, Nigeria can also increase the national average yield per hectare, per year from about 4 to 5 tonnes to about 20 tonnes.  

More about Africa’s palm oil production will be discussed at 5th Africa Sustainable Oil Palm Summit on 25-26 April, 2018 in Accra, Ghana.

Contact Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113 for more details.


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Speaker Profile

Mr. Léandre Gbeli
Principal Agricultural Economist, African Development Bank Group
Potentials of the Oil Palm Industry in Contributing in the Bank’s Feed Africa Strategy
Day 2 [Thu 26, April], at 09:10 AM

1. Principal Agricultural Economist at the African Development Bank from July 2010 to date



2. Senior Agricultural Economist at the African Development Bank from May 2004 to July 2010



3. Long-term consultant at the African Development Bank from Ja....
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Mr. Safianu Moro
CEO, Serendipalm Co. Ltd.
Organic Palm Oil: From Seeds to Soaps
Day 2 [Thu 26, April], at 11:40 AM

Safianu is the Managing Director of Serendipalm Company Limited. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a Master of Philosophy degree in Agricultural Extension at the University of Ghana, Legon. He has several years of work experience in Fairtrade and Organic crude palm oil production as well as working closely with Smallholder farmers and their Communities.

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Prof. Kiyozo Okada
Professor, Kobe Marine Corporation
Kobe Marine’s Biomass Fuels Generation Plans for Ghana
Day 2 [Thu 26, April], at 12:10 PM

Kiyozo Okada, The palm oil of Indonesia & Malaysia since 1980 transports the ports of Africa and India, he inspected the production plants in various parts of the production process.

In order to increase the economy, technical advice and recently 
Indonesia is familiar with large facilities built in Sumatera and
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