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Alex Sutton


GROW: Community Oil Palm Outgrower Scheme Operational Model and Financial Plan Development



GROW is a private sector development initiative operating in Liberia to promote pro-poor economic growth and stability through partnerships with the private sector. Its objective is substantially increased incomes and employment opportunities for a large number of poor women, men and youth, created through agricultural market system change.

As documented in GROW's Market System Analysis, the oil palm sector is expected to be of vital importance to Liberia. The Liberian oil palm sector is dominated by multinational oil palm producers that have been granted significant concessions by the Government of Liberia (GoL). In the Concession Agreements, the GoL has committed itself to raising development finance to establish outgrower schemes. However, little progress has been made in promoting investment and raising finance for community oil palm outgrower schemes since the four large international concessions began operations in Liberia in 2010 (Golden Veroleum Liberia, Sime Darby Plantation Liberia, Equatorial Palm Oil and Maryland Oil Palm Plantation). This is a systemic constraint to smallholder farmers benefiting from growth in Liberia's oil palm industry. As a result, this assignment is focused on developing a robust Oil Palm Outgrower Scheme Operational Model and Financial Plan that takes into account Liberia's unique cultural and land tenure context. The output will be informed by best practice and lessons learned from oil palm outgrower schemes in different parts of the world, particularly in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Africa.

Services:
Ecosystems, Forest Governance

Geography:
Liberia

Date:
2016

Keywords:
Palm oil, Outgrower schemes, Agri-business, Agricultural investment