Nedoil Ltd Farmer’s Cooperatives
Netherlands, the Sierra Leone, Tonkolili District, Gbonkolenken Chiefdom, Yele Town.
01/10/2016 - 01/10/2018
Natural Habitats Group
Nedoil Ltd operates a crude palm oil (CPO) mill at Yele town, Gbonkolenken Chiefdom, Tonkoliki district in the Northern province in Sierra Leone.
The fruit is collected from its own plantations and from external suppliers adhered through a smallholder program. Currently, Nedoil has a CPO mill of 3tons/hour capacity, 71.5 ha of oil palm concession and 1842 smallholders (4681,10ha) network acting as oil palm fruit suppliers. This network covers 5 chiefdoms: Tane, Gbonkolenken, Valunia, Niawa Lenga and Bagbe.
The expansion plan of Nedoil consists in increasing the number of smallholder members certified to the RSPO standard, the objective is 3000 farmers certified by the end of Yr. 2 (end of the project). The expected project outcomes are described below:
- RSPO certification of 3000 independent smallholders.
- 3000 Independent smallholders are trained in all aspects relevant to an RSPO certification.
- Smallholders are trained on good agriculture practices and good management practices to improve FFB yields.
- Independent smallholders are trained in biodiversity conservation and environmental impact mitigation.
- Independent smallholders are organised into FFS/FBO associations and participate in an internal control system.
- Independent smallholders get land rights in Sierra Leone.
- Independent smallholders are successfully certified against the RSPO standard (2000 farmers by the end of year 1 and additional 1000 farmers by the end of year 2.
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FundingSeeking Additional Funding and used for
- Social & Environmental Impact Assessment
- HCV Assessment
Selling Certified Volume as RSPO Credit?NoInterested to be Contacted by Potential Buyer?No
Smallholder Story / Quote
Most small farmers in Sierra Leone live on small, scattered farms, following a scheme of bush-fallow rotation, slash-and-burn field preparation, and limited use agricultural techniques. Civil war severely damaged agriculture production. Plantations were abandoned, yields are very low, and there is not access to seedlings or tools.
Natural Habitats Group, through our operation in Sierra Leone Nedoil Ltd and our local teams, aims to generate sustainable livelihoods for our small farmers in the areas where we operate. Knowledge transfer and capacity building in the sustainable and organic production of oil palm is our tool to generate growth and development to the region. (attached photo)Lessons Learnt
The project is in process of implementation. So far, the lessons that we could collect are the following:
Relevant Tools used for Project Implementation
- Local knowledge: it is key to empower and build capacity in local team leaders. No intervention program will success without the knowledge of the local communities, and local people.
- Communication is a key factor, and it only works when you invite local stakeholders to participate in the program definition, action plans and key activities.
The project is in process of implementationOther Information as Deemed Relevant by the Organisation
Name of The Smallholder Group SupportedNedoil Ltd Farmer’s CooperativesType of Smallholders Supported by This ProjectIndependentCountry & Location of ImplementationNetherlands, the Sierra Leone, Tonkolili District, Gbonkolenken Chiefdom, Yele Town.Project Period01/10/2016 - 01/10/2018Status of The ProjectCompleted ProjectProject Certification StatusNot CertifiedCo-funded by RSSFYesAverage Smallholder Yield (in FFB/ha/year)
At Project Start: 3Mt FFB/1ha/yr
Current Yield: yet to be revaluated for year 2.
Current Partner Organisations
Natural Habitats Group (The Netherlands team) – Implementing and co- funding Partner
Group Sustainability Manager: Jessenia Angulo
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