In Sarakoh village in northern Sierra Leone, World Renew works with partner CER. In this region african palm oil is extracted in the traditional way by hand. First the palm oil nuts are harvested from the trees and the nuts removed from the bunches. The nuts are boiled with water in a drum and some of the oil comes to the surface and is skimmed off, then the remaining mixture is put in a pit and workers break the boiled nuts down with their feet, finally the mash is squeezed by hand to extract the last of the oil. A jerrycan of oil is sold on the local market for less than ten dollars.
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