Goldtree is located near Daru in Kailahun District in Sierra Leone’s Eastern Province. Since 2007, the company has succeeded in establishing a small plantation and rebuilding an abandoned palm oil mill that serves thousands of farming families. This has led to the revival of the oil palm industry in the province.

Goldtree has modernised the mill in Daru to operate to exacting organic purity standards. Almost 10,000 farming families in a 40-kilometre radius supply their excess and growing fruit volumes to Goldtree through the company’s own buying agents and enterprising local transporters. This supports thousands of families in the rural community and ensures they receive a fair price for their product. Goldtree further pays a premium to those farmers who have attended free training on the appropriate farming practices to operate sustainable organic agroforestry. The company operates a demonstration plantation surrounding the mill as well as planting plots among neighbouring villages, providing practical, concrete guidance of modern yet sustainable practices.

The rapid transition from a defunct mill to an operational plant and restarting the outreach to communities and farmers was made possible with the support and assistance of the African Agriculture Fund (AAF), the Finnish Fund for Industrial Co-operation (Finnfund), and recently joined by Planting Naturals (previously known as Natural Habitats Europe-Africa). 


Goldtree’s operations are based on the independent farmers and nucleus plantations to the mill model with the support of a group of enterprising local transporters. The main business components are:

Nucleus Plantation

Goldtree has 2,197 hectares of its own plantations, some of which were initially planted under a World Bank programme in the 1960s. The company is committed to sustainable production practices and good care of planted palms. The estates have already achieved EU organic certification and 697 ha were also certified against RSPO Principle and Criteria 2018

Palm Oil Mill

The Daru mill has the capacity to process 20 tonnes of fresh fruit bunches per hour and the potential (with a capacity upgrade) to process 30 tonnes per hour in the future. The main product from the milling operation is certified organic crude palm oil.The mill is equipped with a palm kernel crushing plant to produce organic, certified crude palm kernel oil.

Packaging Plant

Crude palm oil and crude palm kernel oil are packaged on-site into 20-metric tonne flexitanks for export and in 200-litre drums or 20-litre containers for local requirements.

Smallholder Operations

Goldtree supports close to 9,000 outgrowers who own their land and care for their oil palms. The work is co-ordinated in collaboration with the Goldtree Internal Control System and a community-based farmers’ association, Ngoyaï Gbaayegie, who supply fresh fruit bunches to the company. A portion of our smallholder farmers has achieved RSPO certification in 2021. This means that 4,983 smallholder farmers, covering an area of 8,667 hectares are supplying our operations in Goldtree with FFBs that have been produced in a sustainable manner, according to RSPO's standards.

Rehabilitation of the Goldtree Mill
The Outgrower Story

Goldtree has 2,197 hectares of its own plantations, some of which were initially planted under a World Bank programme in the 1960s. In 2018, Goldtree has initiated the certification process of those plantations with EU Organic and RSPO standards. Today, all nucleus plantations underwent EU organic certification and one of the nucleus plantations (697 ha) was RSPO certified in 2021. The image below demonstrates Goldtree's nucleus estates:

Goldtree’s social responsibility and community development activities include providing funds to a community programme that awards small grants for selected projects, according to the nature of the needs and potential benefit to the community. Particular attention is paid to communities in and around the location of Goldtree’s operations in Kailahun District.

Since 2011, the Goldtree Foundation has invested over US$ 200,000 into community-based projects for the improvement of roads, water, education and health. Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world and programmes such as ours, that fund and facilitate social and community development, are a means to encourage sustainable development. 

Community Development Action Plan

The Goldtree Community Development Action Plan, initiated by the management team, is dedicated to assisting with the development of the chiefdom which includes a number of schemes to posiitively impact the communities in and around Goldtree. Below are the different components that comprise Goldtree's Community Development Action Plan; each of these individual projects are being managed and monitored on an ongoing basis.

Community Agricultural Support Programme

  • Providing improved seeds, seedlings stocks, food cash crops, farm tools and credit facilities. 
  • Assistance with providing of extension services, training in improved crop production and post harvest technologies/practices. 

Goldtree Technical Vocation Skills Development Programme

  • Establishment of skills training programmes in carpentry, masonry, basic engineering, tailoring, blacksmithing, and more. 
  • Training in small and medium business development, general management and cash management. 

Goldtree Infrastructure and Service Improvement Programme

  • Construction of wells to supply safe drinking water. 
  • Rehabilitation and maintenance of village access roads.
  • Provision of mosquito netting to prevent malaria. 

Head Office 

Goldtree (SL) Limited 

Old Mill Road, Daru 

Jawie Chiefdom, Kailahun District 

Sierra Leone 

Telephone: +232 30 088 878 


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We choose to respond positively to all the environmental, social and economic challenges we experience by recruiting the best talent and skills. 

Allowing eager minds and hearts to be part of Sierra Leone’s development and prosperity. 

Goldtree is an equal opportunity employer. 

There are currently no vacancies available. However, we are always keen to meet energetic and talented professionals who would like to join our team. 

Send your application explaining your specific area of interest together with your CV and supporting documents to us at