The Palm Oil Story
Download Our Key Stage 3 presentations and background information on Palm Oil, and teach your class about how fair trade can make even the most challenging commodity ethical.
Much of the palm oil grown as an ingredient for many of the products we use every day is not sustainable. It’s often grown on huge plantations with whole ecosystems being destroyed to produce it. So Traidcraft is excited to be supporting the Serendipalm co-operative in Ghana to produce fair trade, organic palm oil, known as FairPalm, in a way that supports smallholder farmers and protects the environment.
Who are Serendipalm?
We’re supporting the Serendipalm co-operative in Ghana to produce fair trade, organic palm oil in a way that supports smallholder farmers and protects the environment. We named this oil FairPalm.
We used FairPalm to launch the world’s first Fairtrade household cleaning range, Clean & Fair - continuing our pioneering work, we looked at where else we could use FairPalm, to make an even bigger difference to smallholder farmers in Ghana.
What does FairPalm mean to African farmers?
Farmers are paid fair prices and given support to farm efficiently, and the palm oil processing unit employs local people on fair wages. In addition, a premium is paid which is used to fund local community projects. For example, providing clean water to villages that previously had to travel to obtain water.
We've produced some resources to help you teach your class about palm oil, as well as the Ghana Co-operative Serendipalm.