Photo Essay - The promise of palm oil sows anger and doubt in the forests of Liberia
For many residents of Sinoe County, Liberia, the experiences of Golden Veroleum (GVL) - a palm oil company that arrived in 2010 - have been disappointing and detrimental to their way of life.
Communities say their land was taken without their consent in many instances. These communities remain on the frontline of a development model that puts people’s wellbeing in the hands of private companies and foreign investors.
This remains so, even after years of complaints to international organisations including the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (#RSPO), the industry’s leading certification body.