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Planet Palm

Fatal fat

Issue 91 - summer 2021
Jocelyn C. Zuckerman describes in a short and interesting way how palm oil became the most widely used vegetable oil on earth.

Raw Materials

Baobab: Africa's superfruit

Issue 91 - summer 2021
Africa's imposing baobab trees thrive in harsh conditions and can live for more than a thousand years. Its vitamin and fiber-rich fruits - in powder form - are being consumed more and more frequently in Europe and the USA. But baobab has not yet made its big market breakthrough.


If Oprah Winfrey pushes baobab, we're ready!

Issue 91 - summer 2021
Gus Le Breton, Chairman of the African Baobab Alliance, wants to help baobab products achieve a global breakthrough.

The current number

Shrinking forest

It is finely grained, hard and resistant and ideally suited for the construction of instruments and furniture: rosewood is considered the "ivory of the forest" ...

Valuable raw material

Bamboo: grandiose grass

Issue 85 - January | February 2020
Not only pandas and panpipe players appreciate bamboo: the plant is a sought-after raw material for products as diverse as socks and toothbrushes, dashboards and parquet floors, scaffolding and wind turbines.


A new movement

Issue 84 - November | December 2019
Especially in emerging and developing countries, the circular economy offers great opportunities to save resources and create added value. Partnerships between companies are key to effective implementation.

Economic Partnerships

Cashew Business

Issue 84 - November | December 2019
Harvested in Africa, cracked in Asia - that used to be true for hundreds of thousands of tons of cashews. Environment consultant Paul Schreilechner wants to change that and opened a processing plant in Tanzania for 2017. The Austrian Development Agency ADA supported in the start phase.

news flash

Lufthansa: Bio-Sprit has its price

Lufthansa's response to the climate debate is called Compensaid. This portal is intended to give passengers the opportunity to invest in sustainable fuel, which ...

news flash

No money for woodcutter: The Amazon Fund loses donors

After Germany, Norway has also ceased its financial support for the Amazon Fund. The Scandinavian country, which has spent more than € 1 billion over the last ten years ....

Economic Partnerships

Rare oils from Senegal

Issue 83 - September | October 2019
The commodity trade Biomega wants to make vegetable oils from West Africa attractive for naturopathic and care product manufacturers in Europe. The Austrian Development Agency ADA supports the project.