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Climate Change in West Africa
A woman produces and sells Carousse oil in a rural village. Palm oil production in the region 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. There is also increasing pressure to cut productive trees for the sale of their truncks, a practice that degrades the forest. If the commercialization of traditional, sustainably produced palm oil products could generate more revenue than the cutting of trees for wood, communities could improve their economic and living standards while protecting the natural resources of their environment. Birban, Guinea Bissau. 13/11/2014.