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Coopérative Agricole Taliouine

The Souktana plateau, high up in Morocco’s Sirwa mountains, is planted with purple fields of Crocus sativus, the flower whose dried stigmas are known as saffron, the world’s most expensive spice. Producing saffron is labour-intensive work. The flowers must be picked manually at dawn, while still closed, and the tiny stigmas are separated by hand. It takes approximately 150,000 flowers to produce just [...]

Organopónico Vivero Alamar – Cuba

Cuba used to have an industrialized agricultural system, exporting sugar and citrus to Russia and importing most of its food, as well as oil, machinery, fertilizers and pesticides. Then the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, which combined with a US trade embargo created a crisis that Fidel Castro named "The Special Period". Suddenly cut off from all these inputs, the country turned [...]

Sigiga Multipurpose Cooperative

Back in 2009 the actor and Broadway star Hugh Jackman spent a day working in the Sigiga Multipurpose Cooperative, a member of the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperatives Union, in the Gedeo region of Ethiopia as part of his role as an ambassador of World Vision, an international relief, development and advocacy organization. The relationship he built with one of the farmer-members, Dukale, [...]

Undredal Stølsysteri

A cluster of red, white, blue and yellow houses nestled on the green shores of a breathtaking Norwegian fjord, the tiny village of Undredal has a population of 70 people. And 500 goats. Goat’s cheese has been made in this valley for centuries. Until 1988, the village could only be reached by boat, which helped preserve traditional cheesemaking methods. Three types of cheese [...]

Koperativa Mpambolin’Ambanivolo Mananara (KOMAM)

The tropical rainforest of the remote Mananara-Nord Biosphere Reserve in northeast Madagascar is rich in biodiversity, with 13 different lemur species alone. Here, villagers are helping to protect the environment by using traditional, low-impact methods to produce vanilla, growing the orchids at the base of large trees in the forest. The traditional production process for the fragrant vanilla pods is complex and time-consuming. [...]

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