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In Sierra Leone, farmers have been traditionally growing oil palm as a subsistence crop intermingled with other crops in small-scale farming systems for decades. Nedoil, an RSPO member, operates a small palm oil mill in Yele town and sources fresh fruit from a network of smallholder farmers, whose plantations have been certified in accordance with the European Union’s organic standard. In 2016, Nedoil received a grant from the RSPO Smallholder Support Fund (RSSF) to help these smallholders achieve RSPO certification.
Abdulai Gbla, a smallholder beneficiary of this project, said he feels more secure now after having understood the importance of land documentation, something he knew nothing of before the project started. He highlighted that one of the key learning outcomes during the mobilisation and community sensitisation part of the project was the fact that he can now distinguish the differences between landowners and land users, which is now made clear through the land rights document.