Facts & Figures

Facts & Figures

The DRC is the largest francophone country in Africa. It has nearly 80 million inhabitants with more than 60% living in rural areas. The PHC palm oil plantations are remotely located at 1150 km from the capital Kinshasa.

About PHC

  • Total permanent employees: 4495 (May 2020)
  • Total temporary employees: the number varies, around 3000
  • 100-150,000 people living in the area of Lokutu, Yaligimba and Boteka
  • 41,000 tons of palm oil produced in 2019

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Feronia PHC | Lokutu port at sunset

About DRC

  • Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Capital: Kinshasa
  • Second largest country on the continent Africa, bordering Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
  • Population of 84.1 million people (2018)
  • Population density: 16 per Km2
  • Consist of an area of 2/34 million sq. km
  • GDP value is 0.08 percent of the world economy (2018)
  • GDP in Congo was worth 47.23 billion US dollars (2018)
  • Low income level
  • Unemployment rate of 82%
  • Population living below the national poverty lines is 63.9%. Life expectancy at birth is 60 years (2017)
  • Expected years of schooling 9.8 years (2017)
  • Main source of income is agriculture
  • Only 1.8% of existing roads are tarred and less than 10% of the population has access to electricity (2014).
  • Congo is grappling with the world’s second largest Ebola epidemic on record, with more than 2200 lives lost and 3400 confirmed infections (April 2020) since the outbreak was declared on 1 August 2018.
  • Congo announced its first COVID-19 case on March 10, 2020, and the disease has spread to at least four provinces. On March 24, President Felix Tshisekedi declared a state of emergency, announcing the closure of all borders to non-essential traffic and a ban on all trips between the capital and the country's 25 provinces. Kinshasa, with over 11 million residents, remains the epicenter of the pandemic. 

About the area

  • Lokutu, Yaligimba and Boteka have been established since the early 1900s
  • Area of PHC consists of more than 107,000 hectares and realized:
    • >2,100 km of operational roads
    • Ca. 3,800 houses for employees
    • 95 schools
    • 4 hospitals
    • 17 dispensaries
    • 6 health centers
  • Boteka is situated 600Km from Kinshasa, Yaligimba 1320 km and Lokutu 1,530Km.
  • A barge of supplies takes around 3 weeks to get from Kinshasa to Lokutu.


  • The largest plantation with circa 63,000 hectares.
  • It is 1,530 km by river from Kinshasa and 210 km from Kisangani, the Country’s third largest city.
  • Kisangani has a population of around 1 million people.
  • In 2019, Lokutu produced 15,916 tons of Crude Palm Oli (CPO), all of which was sold in the DRC. By contrast, CPO production for Lokutu in 2015 (the year before the DFIs loan was in place) was 7,184.


  • The company’s second largest plantation at circa 30,000 hectares.
  • Nearest town is Bumba with a population of approximately 150,000
  • In 2019, Yaligimba produced 20,093 tons of Crude Palm Oil (CPO), all of which was sold in the DRC. In 2015 this number was 7,507.


  • The oldest and smallest plantation at circa 14,000 hectares.
  • Boteka is 110 km east of the town of Mbandaka, which has a population of approximately half a million people
  • In 2019, Boteka produced 5,015 tons of Crude Palm Oli (CPO), all of which was sold in the DRC. In 2015 this number was 2,092.

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2018 | The new Boteka boiler