TFA 2020 Action Plan on Oil Palm Development in Africa
This paper describes the goals of Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020) regarding Africa. TFA 2020 is a public-private partnership that aims to reduce tropical deforestation across the globe. Its focus is on commodities such as palm oil, pulp and paper, soy and beef and much of its work has focused on Southeast Asia and the Amazon basin.
The initiative outlined in this paper aims to work with governments and civil society in west and central Africa to agree on principles to govern how palm oil will be produced in the region in the coming decades.
The goal is to develop a framework that takes into account African countries’ development plans while also addressing reduced deforestation, land use and greenhouse gases, and issues such as land tenure and the rights of indigenous peoples.
The paper explains the growth of palm oil in particular in Africa, its social and environmental impacts, and how to manage them. It describes sustainability initiatives - such as maintaining forests with a high conservation value – and remaining challenges. It also outlines next steps for TFA 2020 in Africa. The governments of Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria have been invited to participate in a meeting to develop this initiative.