Bengal Rural Welfare Service
Life can be harsh for the tribal villagers of India’s state of West Bengal. Political uncertainty, tensions caused by insurgency, a brutal barren landscape and the constant threat of famine ensure that in some communities a daily meal can’t be guaranteed, let alone clothes or a sustainable monthly income.
Vetiver in Haiti
Roads can transform lives. They can sometimes even save them. In the remote Les Cayes Region of Haiti, a cooperative of vetiver farmers created by local partner, Agri-Supply, and global fragrance company, Givaudan, recently completed a road that connected the farmers’ three villages.
IFF Reduces Waste by 9.6 per cent
International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc (IFF) reduced its hazardous waste by 9.6 per cent per metric ton of production during 2012. By 2020, IFF intends to reduce hazardous waste by 25 per cent through waste reduction plans and greater utilisation of green chemistry.
Aromatic gums in Somaliland
Gum collection has taken place in Somaliland since the time of the Pharaohs. During the Middle Ages, the exclusivity of Frankincense and Myrrh meant it was as valuable as gold. Today Somaliland’s aromatic gums exports include Myrrh, Maidi, Dikir and Opoponax which are popular ingredients in perfumes and cosmetics as well as aromatherapy and medical treatments.
Oud oil has been inspiring devotees of rare fragrances for millennia. It is mentioned in the Bible, in the Quran and even in the 5,000-year-old Sanskrit Bahagavata Purana. And from Tom Ford to Armani, oud is still in huge demand today. Unfortunately, the resin, produced naturally by Agarwood trees as a defence mechanism to infection from bacteria, is becoming increasingly difficult to source. In fact stocks are dwindling so dramatically that they are now protected by rare species CITES international legislation.
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