How is red palm oil made?
The palm nut bunches are harvested manually and then sterilized with steam. This step slows down the rancidity of the oil and facilitates the separation between the fruit and the bunch. In a large drum, the fruits are separated from the bunches, which will be recycled as compost. The fruits are then pressed near the production areas using hydraulic presses. During this stage a liquid called palm liquor and fibres are produced. The solid residues are then removed by vibration. The palm liquor is separated from the fibres and nuts and undergoes several stages of clarification before becoming red palm oil. The water residues are then removed and the oil is stored.
The oil is non-hydrogenated and has no toxicity, it can be used in cooking and even in frying.
The “Palm Done Right” model
Valuing and respecting farmers:
Buyers must guarantee farmers a minimum price that covers all production costs and ensure a profit, even when the market price falls below this threshold. (Palm oil workers benefit from better wages, safe working conditions, protection against social injustice and child labour) using only organic farming practices, free from chemicals and conventional methods, and are aligned with organic values, beliefs and principles.
Palm oil is grown in some of the world’s poorest regions, where basic services such as running water, electricity, education and basic health care are lacking.
Palm Done Right enables the development of social programs in partnership with members of the movement: building medical clinics, setting up sports programs for local children, supporting local schools, creating drinking water sources, etc.
Respect for nature and soil:
The merger between indigenous cultivation methods and the technical know-how of professional agronomists allows farmers to benefit from the knowledge, support and resources necessary to develop in accordance with organic farming (without using pesticides, herbicides or other synthetic fertilizers).
Ecosystem studies are being conducted with the objective of protecting and rehabilitating areas by following a reforestation plan
Respect for animals:
Farmers grow organic palm trees on small plots while leaving some of the land intact to promote biodiversity. With Palm Done Right, about 80% of the land is used for organic production, 5% for infrastructure, and the remaining 15% is conserved to support biodiversity conservation.