In December 2013, Wilmar — the world’s largest trader of palm oil — announced a far-reaching new policy commitment – no deforestation, no exploitation in any of its business, requiring all of its suppliers to cease deforestation. Bidco, the east african brand of Wilmar, describing themselves as an integral part of the east african history for three decades, operates in Uganda and Kenya. On their website it reads 'BIDCO seeks more land for palm trees. The government is yet to fulfill its pledge of offering a total of 10,000 hectares of land to BIDCO Uganda Limited to expand its palm tree plantations in Ssese Island.'* Do they adhere do the standards Wilmar made a commitment to?
Lamu is an island at Kenya's northern coast, close to Somalia. Here, the government is constructing
East-Africas newest and biggest international port. Local Swahili have not been consulted nor involved when plans were made. The population standing between promised job opportunities and the fear to loose traditions. Once the construction is finished, a multimillion metropolis will emerge, bringing huge changes for the idyllic paradise.
Africas Plans going nuclear
Tanzania is intending to become the 3rd biggest uranium exporter of the continent. Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, Uganda and Namibia are actively considering own nuclear power programs. The mining of uranium is the starting point of the nuclear chain, but widely underrepresented in public discussions about the pros and cons of nuclear energy. While the market price for uranium is low and an increase not likely *, african countries still seem to experience a nuclear renaissance. Why?
Artisanial and small scaled gold mining in East-Africa
They call themselves 'Diggers'. Western Kenyas earth is rich in gold, dug by thousands of small-scale gold miners. Safety at work is unheard of and environmental pollution unlimited. A new project advertises for fair trade gold...