Democratic Republic of Congo

With more than 80 million hectares of arable land, Congo is unquestionably one of Africa’s largest agricultural countries. Yet just 13.9% of its land is cultivated today.

The oil palm originates from the tropical rainforests of Central and West Africa, where it was semi-domesticated in a harvesting system. Palm oil is one of the main staple foods throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo and hence plays a key role in the daily diet of each Congolese citizen.


In 2007, the Socfin Group reinvested in the Democratic Republic of Congo and acquired the Brabanta plantation. On this old abandoned plantation, Socfin replanted 6 200 hectares with the latest generation of oil palms.

The site of the Mapangu plantations, created by Sir William LEVER (Unilever) in 1911, is one of the oldest in the world. Unilever abandoned the plantation in the 1980s and activities were entirely stopped in the beginning of the 1990s.

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