Palm Oil and Agriculture in Africa

By using and consuming palm oil, I can feel as though I am participating in this oil’s development in Western Africa, even though at my level of consumption, it isn’t a huge amount.

I am from Burkina Faso, but I never had the opportunity to go there because my grandparents from my mother’s side migrated to Ivory Coast, a country where my mother, uncles, and cousins ​​were born. I love this country and I would like to go there more often, but with the constraints of my sport, it isn’t easy. Nevertheless, I will certainly have time to go to Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire after the Olympic Games in Rio next summer.

In Ivory Coast, one of the largest sources of income is agriculture, which feeds families and provides for income for other needs.

The Ivory Coast is one of the largest palm oil producers in Africa. By using palm oil, I contribute to helping small producers in Western Africa to fight against poverty.



My mother taught me how to cook. It is with great pride and happiness that she familiarized me with the Burkinabe cuisine. It’s now my turn to share some of these culinary delights with you.

Ingredients for 4 people:

– 400 g beef

– 2 fresh chilies

– 2 onions

– 1 vegetable stock

– 250g gumbo

– 60 ml of palm oil

– 2 tomatoes

– White rice


Firstly, wash the gumbo and cut it into small pieces. Then leave the mix aside. In a saucepan, cook the chopped beef. Incorporate into this the equivalent of two large glasses of water. Then add the finely chopped tomatoes and onions. Then the palm oil, and vegetable stock.

Season everything with salt and pepper to your liking. Simmer for 15 min. Then add the gumbo that you mixed beforehand. Mix everything together, and then add the 2 fresh peppers.

Allow it to simmer for another 10 min.

Once the dish is ready, serve it with white rice.

Enjoy your meal !