3 days ago
Bolgatanga, Ghana. Feb 2020
It has been an important trip to Northern Ghana. As co-founders of Kaibae, Luc Maes and I have spent the last week working to understand the impact of sourcing our organic baobab from communities across the northern region of Ghana. Kaibae was a pioneer in building the first commercial supply chain of baobab in Ghana back in 2012
When we started Baobab was hardly known in the US or in Europe, and community members in Ghana were initially amused at our offers to purchase a product that was locally abundant and often going to waste.
Our time here in Ghana was about understanding the effect of sustainably monetizing a natural resource that happens to be a keystone species in West Africa. These last days saw us undertake community-based exercises designed to hear the stories of community members and how they perceive the development of baobab as a new source of income
The results were emphatic in identifying baobab as one of the most important sources of income for these communities. 6 or 7 years ago they didn’t sell any baobab. Today, baobab is acknowledged as often the only source of income during the dry season and one of the top income earners throughout the year. Everywhere the baobab harvest has provided an important source of money, especially as traditional income from farming and livestock rearing is less secure due to shifting rainfall patterns and other realities of climate change. Our baobab harvesters made clear that these newfound gains are being reinvested back into food for their families, schooling for their children and access to health for their households. And as they see greater importance in baobab, far more environmental work is being done to actively conserve these fantastic trees. #gokaibae #baobab #prebiotic #neverstopexploring #superfoods #kaibae #baobablove #microbiome #ecology # #bigtree #landscapephotography #outdoors