Growing a Culture of Caring: Sensitive Baobab Fruit Harvesting

baobab fruit harvesting, culture of caring

BaoCare is rooted in a culture of caring: for our living earth, for our communities and for your skin health. Our certified organic baobab oil is wild-harvested in the Limpopo, the heart of baobab country by EcoProducts, South Africa’s first and only baobab producer.

Only 10% of the fallen fruit is harvested ensuring that it is sustainably and sensitively harvested and no trees are harmed in the harvesting process, such as by driving stakes into the trunks and then taking fruit that is still on the branches.

EcoProducts employs mostly women from Venda communities in the area who are often the sole breadwinners of their families thereby providing much needed economic empowerment.

EcoProducts also runs the Baobab Foundation, which sources funding to support pre-school creches. Research has established Early Childhood Development has been identified as a means of breaking the poverty cycle. Children who do not receive a strong foundation in their early development are found to be disadvantaged academically.

EcoProducts has also created the Baobab Guardians Program, a baobab tree planting initiative designed to counter the damage that livestock causes to young baobab seedlings, so preventing new baobabs from growing.

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