Madagascar: Reforestation with clove leaf oil producers
A natural resources preservation project to reduce the environmental pressure on local forests.
The clove tree is cultivated in Madagascar for its buds and leaves, with the oil extracted from the clove leaves acting as a key ingredient for many beloved flavours and fragrances. Its production relies on a loose rural fabric of small producers living in remote areas and fragile economies. The farmers often have limited access to efficient production installations and have no other option but to use wood as an energy source for distillation.
In an effort to address these issues, we support producing villages in Analanjirofo (which means “the region where clove grows”) with a natural resources preservation project.
The project has helped reduce environmental pressure on the local forest while ensuring more sustainable production, which in turn, guarantees a more sustainable source of income for the farmers.
By the end of 2019, Givaudan and the Foundation had allowed for 500,000 trees of local varieties of acacias, grevilleas and clove trees to be planted. This was achieved in cooperation with clove leaf oil producer associations, villagers and local tree nurseries.
“I am proud of my efforts because I no longer have any worries about firewood for the production of clove leaf oil or for my daily needs, thanks to the 9,000 trees I have planted with the support received from this project.”
Mr Tsarasoa, villager