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”
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.
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!