Sep 1, 2013, updated September 2013
Eighty per cent of the world’s vanilla comes from Madagascar so it is vital that Malagasy farmers have sustainable resources and the necessary education and skills to produce crops of high quality and value, both today and in the future.
Our supplier Givaudan sources organic vanilla beans produced by farmers in rural villages in the remote Sava region of Madagascar, where infrastructure is poor and educational opportunities scarce. But children here are being given a chance to acquire an education thanks to a community development programme initiated by Givaudan and Henri Fraise, a local vanilla producer.
To date, 12 schools have been built or refurbished, using local, renewable materials wherever possible. Local families help to construct the schools to promote ownership and engagement, and the programme gives them the necessary support to maintain and repair them in the future.
Value to Society
The development programme has so far benefitted 2,500 schoolchildren and almost 2,000 Malagasy families by:
- Improving educational infrastructure through new or refurbished schools
- Strengthening food security by increasing the yield of locally grown rice through the System of Rice Intensification
- Introducing alternative revenue sources such as beekeeping, fishing, livestock farming and handicrafts
- Building wells for drinking water and dams for irrigation
- Supporting farmers in improving the quality of their vanilla bean crop
A donation of CHF 50,000 from Nestlé is enabling the programme to be extended in 2014, through the building of three additional classrooms in a secondary school, benefitting 420 children, and two new schools.
Value to Nestlé