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The villagers of Diagho harvest palm nuts in the forest for the artisinale production of palm oil, palm wine and palm oil based soaps. Palm oil products from Casamance are well known and are an important part of the local economy. During the dry season, the men harvest the fruit and the sap of wild palm trees and the women transform the palm nuts into local products. Palm oil production in Casamance remains traditional and has resisted the transformation to industrial scale plantations to satisfy the growing demand from the international food and bio fuel industries that have resulted in large scale deforestation in SE Asia and Latin America. Diagho, Senegal. 10/11/2014.
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Climate Change in West Africa
The villagers of Diagho harvest palm nuts in the forest for the artisinale production of palm oil, palm wine and palm oil based soaps. Palm oil products from Casamance are well known and are an important part of the local economy. During the dry season, the men harvest the fruit and the sap of wild palm trees and the women transform the palm nuts into local products. Palm oil production in Casamance remains traditional and has resisted the transformation to industrial scale plantations to satisfy the growing demand from the international food and bio fuel industries that have resulted in large scale deforestation in SE Asia and Latin America. Diagho, Senegal. 10/11/2014.