OLIVES Organization for Livelihood Enhancement Services

‘Putting people first’


This support/partnership is aimed at

  • Improving the efficiency of palm oil extraction by making oil processing less labor intensive and increasing extraction yield.
  • Ensuring a hygienic and safe production processing /environment.
  • Reducing emission
  • Reducing processing cost and
  • Developing the capacity of processors for business growth

To improve income and, thereby, enhancing livelihoods of beneficiary processors in the Kwaebibirem municipality

Small scale palm oil processing is a major source of livelihood and economic activity of the people, particularly women, in the various communities in the Kwaebibirem municipality. The small-scale processors (mostly women) process palm oil at milling sites known as Crammers which use traditional techniques (obsolete equipment), operate under inappropriate sheds or, mostly in the open and use unhygienic water. The millers also use unconventional fuel sources (spent car tires); poor waste management systems and have no welfare facilities on site. These processes render palm oil processing very laborious, unsafe, and time-consuming resulting in low production capacity and an extraction of less than 60% of the oil (OLIVES’ survey 2011).

The processors who are also clustered in informal groups also lack adequate capacity for business management and growth of their ventures.

According, UNDP/OLIVES has the solution to some of the challenges through a grant received from UNDP by developing the capacities of processors and the Atteh Crammer processing sites with an efficient palm fruit digester-cum-extractor, 1.5 Hp Electric motor portable water, appropriate working sheds equipped with clean and energy-efficient stoves.