Asian Palm-Oil Planters Head to West Africa to Meet World Demand

Asian Palm-Oil Planters Head to West Africa to Meet World Demand

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The West African palm-oil industry has been dominated by smallholder farmers since the oil was used to provision slave ships plying the Atlantic Ocean in the 16th century and later as soap in Britain and a lubricant for the machines of the industrial revolution.