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The Banana Sector

 

In Western Cameroon, agricultural communities live off the rich volcanic soil of their area. As farmers they grow pineapple, mango, papaya, lime, cacao, peanuts, avocado, plantains, cassava, and several other tubers. The people have therefore a strong attachment to the land, which is constitutes the region's main source of income and opportunity for employment. Land allows them to take care of their families needs and lead a decent life.

 

Trailer for "Big Banana", a documentary by Franck Bieleu about the impact of a transnational fruit company on the agricultural community of Njombe, in Cameroon.

 

But in the Moungo region, various transnational agri-businesses have over the years established their plantations at the expense of livelihoods for the local population. In Njombe, for example many farmers have been forced off the land they cultivated to make place for large banana and pineapple plantations of a Dole affiliated fruit company and near Tiko, Del Monte and SPM have established their estates.

 

RELUFA not only monitors the situation and follows up with victimized fruit farmers, but also engages them in its Fair Trade dried fruit project, Fair Fruit.

Read about the ordeal of GPPAF's farmers in a report on RELUFA's first site visit to Njombe in 2005

Read about the ordeal of GPPAF's farmers in a report of RELUFA's first site visit to Njombe in 2005

Other resources:
"Dole, behind the smoke screen.
An investigation into Dole's Banana Plantations in Latin America"

A Publication by:

Peuples Solidaires,
Banana Link, CTM,
COSIBA-CR, FENACLE,
UNTRAFLORES,
Alan Irvine
and Florian Coat



Mr. Foka, founding member of GPPAF, in front of what used to be his plantation.

Irrigation of PHP's plantations in Njombe.




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