Activists Claim Win as Herakles Halts Cameroon Operation

After coming under fire from environmental and social justice organisations for violations of land protection laws, Herakles Farms, a New York-based agricultural company, has suspended a large, controversial palm oil project in Cameroon.

Q&A: Fighting to Save Africa’s Richest Rainforest

Protests against a controversial palm oil plantation in the Korup National Park, Africa’s oldest and richest rainforest in terms of floral and faunal diversity, in Mundemba, southwest Cameroon will continue despite the arrests and intimidation of local environmental campaigners.

Because Cameroon is a major new palm-oil producer, many worry that what happens with the Herakles deal could set a precedent for the entire continent. Credit: One Villiage Initiative/CC by 2.0

U.S. Company Accused of Greenwashing Cameroon ‘Land-Grab’

Environment groups are accusing a New York-based agricultural company, Herakles Farms, of going forward with plans for a 73,000-hectare palm-oil plantation and refinery in southwest Cameroon despite a lack of government authorisation, two court injunctions, and in the face of significant community opposition.