A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Harold Poelma is managing director of Cargill’s refined vegetable oils and fats business in Europe. Prior to taking up this role in July 2012, he was managing director of Cargill’s cocoa activities in Europe, Africa and Asia. He has worked in the cocoa industry for Cargill in the Netherlands since 2001. He joined Cargill in 1987.