Project to Improve Productivity and
Competitiveness of the Palm Oil sector ( APROCOM-PH )
USEFUL INFORMATION ON THE PROJECT
|Project Execution Agency:||United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)|
|Supervision Body:||Intergovernmental Group on Oils, Oilseeds and Fats|
|Project duration :||48 months|
|Main Ministries concerned:||– Ministry of Mines, Industries and Technological Development
– Ministry of Commerce
– Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
– Ministry of Economy, Planning and Spatial Planning
– 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)
– The pilot sites of Cameroon and Nigeria
– National Unions of Palm Oil Producers of Cameroon and Nigeria
|The project’s objectives:||– The long-term goal of the project is to promote the development of sustainable production and use of oil palm in Central and West African countries, with a focus on markets as the driving force behind such a sectoral development. The project aims to contribute to the reduction of poverty in rural areas where oil palm is widely cultivated, through the creation of jobs in both rural and urban areas and the creation of added value in view, at the end of the year. account, to improve the economies of the target countries.|
|Project Components:||– Improvement of technological inputs and skills in the sector through technology transfer.
– Capacity building for the sustainable development and supply of oil mills in fresh palm fruit diets.
– Improved market access and competitiveness of palm oil produced in the region.
|Pilot sites:||4 in Cameroon
– Green Valley Plantation, Bakingili-Limbe, Fako Department, Southwest Region
– GIC BAMSO, Sombo, Nyong and Kelle County, Central Region
– Ejagham Oil Palm Cooperative in Mkpot, Manyu Division, Southwest Region
– Teze-Ngie of the Multipurpose Cooperative Society , Momo Division, North West Region
2 in Nigeria
– Igbotako-Ondo State
– Abak-Akwa Ibom State
|Expected results and impacts:||The project will contribute to the slowdown of the rural exodus.
In particular, the project aims to achieve:
– The development of favorable policies for 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 actors along the value chain.
– Sustainable supply of commodities, determining for the development of industries in a long-term perspective.
– Strengthening the capacity of target organizations to provide extension services to small farmers.
– The promotion of a private sector-led palm oil producer association to address regional issues in the production, processing and marketing of palm oil.
|Project launch date||The project was officially launched in March 2007|
|Local technical partners||To support the project, MINMIDT favored the creation of an association of palm fruit processing equipment manufacturers (ACET-FP)
Signature of a collaboration protocol with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Polytechnique for the development of local palm oil processing technologies
|Diverse activities||Holding several technical capacity building seminars for ACET-FP members|
|Work currently underway in Cameroon||– Construction (civil works) completed hangars in three sites of Sombo, Mpot and Teze
– Bakingili site civil engineering works completed
– Creation of a nursery in each pilot site
|Works in the coming months||– Start of the implementation of the technology transfer component in the sites through the allocation by UNIDO to a local company of the equipment construction market of the various oil mills|
|prospect||There is currently a study aimed at sustaining the project. Since the first phase ends in 2014 sustainability program will 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 2 nd phase.|
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