Eleis Farm is a family social enterprise. We produce, package and market sustainable red palm oil on the north coast of Guinea. Established in 2013, we work closely with smallholder farmers in the area, helping them increase their yield while reducing their impact on the environment.
Cognizant of the environmental challenges resulting from mangrove wood overexploitation, we founded Sira & Saara, a non-profit funded by our family, private companies and the Global Environment Facility. We coordinated a 16 months’ mangrove preservation and climate resilience project. The project comprised 3 strategic axes: reforestation of inland forests and swamps; promotion of sustainable income-generating activities; and impacted communities’ capacity building. Our project was a success with more than 1,400 beneficiaries, 10 hectares of inland forest protected, 16 cooperatives created, a road built to improve access to local markets for islanders, and the restoration of water source in the village of Conakridy.
Our mission is to become an economic engine that works in harmony with the environment and the empowerment of women and smallholder farmers in West Africa with a supply chain which is a transparent as our oil.
Red Palm Oil
What is Palm Oil?
Red Palm oil is vegetable oil that is rich in numerous vitamins, antioxidants, and acids and is regularly consumed in West African cuisine. This oil comes from the Elaeis Guineesis species of palm commonly known as African palm. The term “Elaeis” means “Palm” in Latin and “Guineesis” means “from Guinea.” Palm oil specifically comes from the Gulf of Guinea, between Angola and the Gambia.
History of Palm Oil
Palm oil, dating back 5,000 years, is a staple of West African society. Being one of the earliest traded commodities in human history, palm oil was found in the 1880 exactions of the 3,000 BC tombs in Abydos, Egypt. The magical properties of oil that existed in pre-dynasty Egypt bring societal value to numerous societies today.
Highly colored and flavored, palm oil is an essential ingredient in African cuisine. The production main belt spans from southern Senegal to Central Africa covering Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Angola, DRC, Gabon, and Congo.
The Changing Demand in Palm Oil
Red palm oil is a staple in African food and is a major source of fat for half-billion people worldwide. Palm oil is commonly sold as Redefined Bleached Deodorized Oil by large companies. The production of unrefined palm oil is shrinking. African palm oil producers are in competition with large Asian plantations. African consumers are struggling to find a sustainable and trustworthy product because this specific type of red palm oil does not currently exist in the market. There is significant demand for well-priced palm oil of a higher quality within the African middle class and its diaspora.
Why Eleis Farm Palm Oil?
We reduce the labor hardship associated with producing palm oil through mechanization, ensuring sustainable practices, and providing sources of income by adding value to by-products. Filtering and packaging the oil is done locally to guarantee product integrity. Eleis Farm leverages its’ land, machinery, and network of co-ops and provides full traceability that encourages trust of the growing African diaspora, which protects the environment. Our oil will be sold in African stores in areas with a high African diaspora population.
Health Benefits of Red Palm Oil
- Reduces cholesterol levels by decreasing the amount of bad LDL in your blood
- Boosts brain health because palm oil contains tocotrienols, a form of vitamin E that has potent antioxidant properties and supports healthy brain function
- The vitamin E present in red palm oil also improves skin and hair health
- Improves energy level and vision
- Beta-carotene is one of the main elements of palm oil and it improves energy levels and boosts the hormonal balance in the body
- Prevents cancer
- Tocopherols, a form of vitamin E, are natural antioxidants that help prevent cancer by neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals cause healthy cells to mutate into cancerous cells, so high levels of tocopherol in red palm oil are necessary
Women are the heart and soul of smallholder farming communities in the Red Palm Oil industry. Eleis Farm is dedicated to empowering women throughout the supply chain.
Currently, Eleis Farm hires 90 families per year, providing a second source of income for smallholder farmers.
High in vitamins A & E and beta-carotene. Our all natural product has nothing added. Just sun, fruit, and care. From our family to yours
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
Our agricultural experience, international network, and a passion for the African continent and sustainability make us the ideal team to propel African farming forward.
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1L Sustainable Pure Red Palm Oil