First African Palm Plantation Receives RSPO Certification
Agrivar Agro Industrie Variée has become the first African based palm oil plantation to receive certification by the Rountable on Sustainable Palm Oil(RSPO). Agtivar is located about 60 km south of Abidjan, specifically Bonoua town in the Ivory Coast, the company employs a total of 91 people including 20 Women.
Companies Statement of Commitment
Agrivar is committed to sustainable production of palm oil as recommended by the RSPO convention obligations. These requirements are developed according to principles and criteria related to environmental and social impacts of palm oil cultivation, as well as those related to palm oil production.
The company has specific internal goals under the following headings; more information on these can be seen via their RSPO members page.
- Customer Loyalty
- Market leadership
- Employee Engagement
GreenPalm would like to offer its congratulations to Agrivar on what is a truly landmark moment not only for African oil palm growers but for the RSPO and the industry as a whole. With pressure on land in the main oil palm growing nations of Malaysia & Indonesia, African nations such as the Ivory Coast, Ghana and Gabon are seen by many as the new frontier nations that will meet the expected future growth in the palm oil market.
Agrivar annual certified tonnage currently stands at 5,760 MT of palm oil and 1,420 MT of palm kernels. A full list of all certified growers broken down by country can seen here.