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The Amazon Vanilla Project

Peruvian vanil­la grow­er Ashley Britton has launched a project to bring vanil­la pro­duc­tion to the Peruvian Amazon to ben­e­fit the indige­nous Awajun people.

Vanilla pom­pona has been wild­craft­ed in this part of the Amazon for a long time for local use, but with glob­al demand for real vanil­la grow­ing, this is a good time to estab­lish vanil­la pom­pona as an export prod­uct. The region suf­fered a set­back in its abil­i­ty to pro­vide a cash income when the cacao was reject­ed for too high a cad­mi­um con­tent. Ashley hopes that vanil­la, specif­i­cal­ly vanil­la extract, can sup­plant the lost cacao income.

A Kistarter Campaign is Launched

Ashley has start­ed a Kickstarter cam­paign, The Amazon Vanilla Project in order to raise funds for a small pro­duc­tion facil­i­ty and to pro­vide edu­ca­tion on how to grow and pro­duce vanil­la for mak­ing into extract. The extract would then become an export product.

I encour­age you to take a look at the cam­paign, if suc­cess­ful, it would be a good oppor­tu­ni­ty estab­lish a sus­tain­able agri­cul­tur­al prod­uct for the region, giv­ing local peo­ple an incen­tive to pro­tect the forest.

2 thoughts on “The Amazon Vanilla Project

  1. It’s a plea­sure read­ing on meth­ods of cur­ing pro­cess­ing of vanil­la before exporting. 

    I am also a vanil­la exporter and am seek­ing mar­ket , if pos­si­ble you can assist me in secur­ing a buy­er for me.

    Thanks God bless.

    1. Hi Robin,

      I’m glad you found my tuto­ri­als infor­ma­tive, and although they are aimed at the hobbyist/amateur vanil­la grow­er, it’s good to hear they are of inter­est to vanil­la farm­ers such as yourself.

      I don’t have con­tacts in the glob­al vanil­la export busi­ness, so I can’t help you direct­ly with find­ing a buy­er. It is usu­al­ly best to find a buy­er that is local to your area so that you can work with them to pro­duce a prod­uct they can sell on the export mar­ket. It may also be pos­si­ble to direct-export to online vanil­la ven­dors, you can con­tact them direct­ly with what you have to offer, they may be look­ing for addi­tion­al sources for vanilla.

      If you want to write back with more infor­ma­tion about your oper­a­tion, we would love to hear about it!

      I wish you luck!

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