Women excel in sustainable oil palm cultivation in the Amazon region

The vegetable oil production chain has a strong female presence in all processes
08 March, 2024
Oil palm nursery at Grupo BBF with a spotlight on the employees

Women are the main protagonists in the cultivation of oil palm, also known as dendezeiro, in the Amazon region. The presence of women stands out in the production process, from planting the palm seeds, caring for the nurseries to agro-industrial activities. At Grupo Brasil BioFuels (BBF), more than 800 women carry out activities related to oil palm cultivation.

Gerardini Garcia, a Venezuelan agricultural leader, works at the Grupo BBF plant in Roraima. Gerardini is responsible for ensuring that the palm seedlings are fit to be planted in the field permanently, following their life cycle, generating fruit and recovering degraded areas of the Amazon rainforest. I joined as part of the team of farmers and today I am one of the company's leaders in the field," says Gerardini, who has 32 employees on her team.


The majority of the company's female employees are from Pará (64%) and Roraima (26.32%). Women mainly work in the agricultural, people management, administrative and industrial areas. A large part of the company's workforce is made up of women who have completed high school or higher education, are aged between 24 and 41 and occupy positions in all areas of the company.

 "I realize that here at Grupo BBF the company prioritizes the employee's potential and not their gender, thus enabling both to grow. We women, for example, have the ability to perform and develop our work efficiently, with good quality, in line with our activities in the company, my studies and my role as a mother," says Kaline Oliveira, Salaries Analyst in the position of Maintenance Planning and Control Analyst (PCM) at Grupo BBF.

Currently, Grupo BBF generates more than 6,000 direct jobs and 18,000 indirect jobs. The sustainable palm cultivation carried out by the company is not mechanized, generating thousands of jobs in the northern region of Brazil, income and socio-economic development in the regions where the activities are carried out.

"The operations of Grupo BBF depend directly on humanized labor. That's why we highly value the local labor market, especially women who accept the challenge of working in our fields. We can say that it's through the hands of our female farmers that our business is born, which is why they have a special place within the company, occupying various positions in our business," concludes Milton Steagall, CEO of Grupo BBF.

Read the full article at: https://www.oliberal.com/economia/mulheres-se-destacam-no-cultivo-sustentavel-da-palma-na-regiao-amazonica-1.788943

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