Community-based natural resources management practices – meaning the management delegated by the State of resources from communal land – are at the heart of the PhytoTrade project.
This community-based management method offers benefits at all levels:
- It diversifies and increases sources of income for rural communities, especially for women.
- It develops small industries in Africa and inclusive supply markets for natural products.
- It increases annual sales of ingredients and finished products for its members.
- It promotes the sustainable management of the environment.
- It curbs deforestation.
“Today, we have some 70 member SMEs in 8 countries. They produce the ingredients mainly for local and international cosmetics and agrifood industries. It is in this context that PhytoTrade’s two flagship industries (Marula oil and Baobab powder) were presented at the Paris International Agricultural Show this year, in 2016.
Most of our industries concern the development of non-timber forest products. We are supporting about ten, which all meet the principles of BioTrade as defined by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
With the recent entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol, and as we are de facto involved in the resulting legal obligations, we are actively supporting the establishment of laws that are pragmatic and as simple as possible, while ensuring the interests of supplier countries are effectively taken into account.”
FROM 2012 TO 2015
The Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) supported the project Natural Products Certified to Preserve Biodiversity and Support Local Development in Southern Africa, led by PhytoTrade Africa.
A TOTAL OF EUR 1.9M ALLOCATED
PhytoTrade Africa has received a EUR 900,000 grant from FFEM and a further EUR 1m from AFD.
EIGHT COUNTRIES TARGETED
The project has been implemented in eight countries: Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In the field, the cooperative members of PhytoTrade apply the principles of the Nagoya Protocol of the International Convention on Biological Diversity, concerning access to and the equitable sharing of the exploitation of genetic resources. These initiatives contribute to a relevant structuring of the industry in terms of:
- Guarantee of quality
- The territorial approach, which integrates environmental, economic and social issues.
Through a common ethics charter, the members undertake to establish sustainable management plans for targeted species and respect fair trade relations.