Madagascar - Equimada
Latest news from the project:
With this project, which started in 2006, a fair trade cooperative has been created, named EQUIMADA. Its main activity is essential oil production. An 8 hectare field has been bought to benefit the cooperative where 25,000 trees have been planted. Among them, we find tree species with economic interest (pine, eucalyptus, citrus fruits, pear trees, ravintsara…) as well as shrubby and herbaceous species (geranium, sweet potatoes, rosemary…).
In 2010, a new 1,200 liters still has been bought to reduce energy consumption and increase yield. A new wave of plantation is planned in this area. Moreover many farmers of the cooperative expressed their will to plant on their own plot.
The Coeur de Forêt Madagascar range was launched in October 2011! It is composed of 20 essential oils and 5 vegetal oils thanks to which cooperative members will be able to sell a end product and thus get maximum added-value.
In the beginning of 2012, 3,000 trees have been planted as well as 5,000 geranium plants. The construction of two eco-tourism huts is in progress. They will be made of mud-brick (unbaked clay) and it will be possible to welcome the first visitors in June 2012.
Eventually, the whole team is proud of the first sending of tagete essential oil to the United States. 1/3 of the total commercial value has been paid to farmers, therefore increasing their income.
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To go further, here are the latest progress reports: