Ethical Trade and Sustainability

Baobab not only offers a unique taste of Africa and powerful nutritional properties, it can also provide life-changing income to millions of poor rural people in Southern Africa.

Many of these families exist on $100 or less per year and cannot buy the tools, seeds and supplies they need to earn more from agriculture.

By harvesting baobab, which is abundant in Southern Africa, these people can substantially increase their income at no cost to themselves. This helps them pay for family healthcare and their children’s education as well as household necessities.

A 2006 report by the UK’s Natural Resources Institute estimated that, if fully commercialised, baobab can deliver new income to over two and a half million poor families.

What’s more, when communities earn money from baobab, they have an incentive to protect the trees. This helps to conserve the environment and its biodiversity and ensure the natural regeneration of baobab woodlands.

PhytoTrade Africa and its partners are committed to the ethical and sustainable development of the baobab trade. As well as paying communities a fair price for their baobab fruit, our producers return part of their sales income to the villages to fund community projects. They also use forestry techniques based on European best practice, identifying and monitoring every producing baobab tree and putting in place appropriate measures to ensure long term sustainable production.

For further information on Ethical Trade, Corporate Social Responsibilty and sustainability issues please contact us.

Click here to meet one of our harvesters in Malawi.

To learn more about corporate social responsibility and how producers benefit from the sale of baobab pulp download this pdf.