Fair additional income for small-scale farmers in Haiti
Unique opportunity for 30,000 vetiver producers
In Haiti, over 30,000 small-scale farmers cultivate vetiver in their hillside fields. Selling the much sought-after roots, which are used to make perfume, provides them with an important source of income. Unfortunately the farmers often harvest the vetiver several times a year or at the wrong time of year. This makes cultivation much less sustainable and means the producers are not guaranteed a good price. The innovative partnership with Firmenich, one of the largest buyers of vetiver oil in Haiti, aims to make sustainable improvements to farming families' production methods and also the environment.
What is vetiver?
Haitian vetiver oil is the world's best
Difficult conditions for vetiver producers
Innovative partnership with Firmenich
Firmenich is a Swiss company that operates throughout the world and has already received several awards for its sustainability projects. Firmenich is one of the largest buyers of vetiver oil in Haiti. The company provides expertise on how high-quality vetiver roots can be sustainably cultivated in increased quantities. Because Firmenich wants to buy environmentally friendly and fairly produced vetiver oil, local distillers have to produce it in an environmentally-friendly way and pay the small-scale farmers a good price for the roots.
Favourable conditions for vetiver producers
The aim is for vetiver farmers to be able to sustainably generate sufficient income for themselves and their families. The project started with 1,000 farmers in Débouchette. By the end of the project, 30,000 vetiver producers and their families across the entire "Les Cayes–Port Salut" region will be benefiting from it.
The project in briefArea
Income and improved working conditions
Haiti / Les Cayes–Port Salut
Main partner: Firmenich
Ministry of Agriculture, local industries, producers and their families, the affected communities, local NGOs and the Inter-American Development Bank IDB
Starting point / background information
The vetiver oil from southern Haiti is the world's best in terms of quality. Non-sustainable harvesting methods are resulting in poor prices for vetiver producers. Government regulations and environmentally-friendly distillation methods are lacking. Cultivating vetiver provides poor Haitian farming families with an important source of income.
An improved livelihood for poor farming families thanks to sustainable income as a result of strengthening the entire vetiver value chain
By the end of the project: 30,000 vetiver producers, government offices, local industry, the affected communities and cooperatives
SDC budget 2012-2022:
CHF 12.5 million
2012 – 2022
Haiti Cooperation Office