Nasako Besingi

Nasako Besingi

Nasako Besingi is a Cameroonian social and environmental activist, sustainable farmer, and the founder of Struggle to Economise Future Environment (SEFE), an NGO that works to establish mangroves and wetlands as protected areas and to stop deforestation caused by palm oil plantations. Besingi has been the target of government intimidation for his work. Most recently, he was arrested as part of a widespread crackdown in September 2017 for protesting a U.S.-backed palm oil plantation in the Congo basin, the world’s second largest rainforest and home to approximately 14,000 people. He was released two months later as the result of domestic and international pressure. Besingi continues to speak out against Cameroon’s human rights violations, including those against the country’s English-speaking minority, who have called for greater political and economic representation in recent years. Besingi received the 2012 TAIGO non-state actor award for transparency and governance.