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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Oil rivers in reverse
Periodical:West Africa
Geographic terms:Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subject:palm oil
Abstract:In 1960 Nigeria was Africa's biggest exporter of palm oil, while the Ivory Coast was not an exporter at all. By 1966, however, the growing population of Nigeria had taken up increasing amounts to meet its own needs, and in 1967, civil strife almost completely ended exports. Through the latter half of the 1970s Nigeria's major concern will be to supply its own domestic needs, and the Ivory Coast is expected to become the biggest exporter in Africa, after being a net importer up to 1969. Zaire's palm oil industry, on the whole, appears to be in a state of stasis. Total West African exports, though growing, will supply a diminishing share of trade in the present decade. These and other details of West African countries (Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Zaire) are mentioned in the article, summarising the findings and arguments in a report on production and export prospects for palm oil and palm kernel oil in West Africa, prepared by the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.