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.
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.
Community relations and Earthoil
Earthoil and the mint farmers of Uttar Pradesh Earthoil has been working with organic mint oil farmers in the Indian region of Uttar Pradesh since 2003. In line with Earthoil’s internationally recognised ethical, Fair Trade and organic standards, the company provided the expertise, logistics and support to allow the farmers to convert from conventional methods of production to internationally-recognised organic processes.
Community relations and Treatt
Treatt and Sigie Segoma village, Tanzania Treatt has been working with the community of Sigie Segoma village in Tanzania to source bitter orange oil since 1935. The village is based in an estate that was once owned by General Von Brandis. Despite pouring money and resources into the plantation the German had unfortunately failed to make the plantation profitable even though fruit trees had been planted on the estate as far back as 1904.
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