Clove production accounts for a large part of Madagascar’s exports with around 7.3% of the value, and provides the livelihoods of many families (about 30.000 producers) on the east coast of the country, more specifically in the Fenerive-Est area.
The global demand for cloves for spice market and clove essential oil is increasing year after year, whereas production is regularly affected by storms or cyclones, particularly in Madagascar which is the second largest producer in the world. This endangers the sustainability of the production.
Quimdis has always been a major trader of clove leaf oil and is quite concerned by the increasing gap between declining production and the necessity to ensure a regular supply to all customers worldwide.
For this reason, in 2014, Quimdis decided to commit to a responsible approach and support the production through a local partner: CTHT (Centre Technique Horticole de Tamatave – www.ctht.org). The aim was to launch a replanting program of 5.000 clove trees per year over 5 years in order to renew the resources.
Started in 2015, the program is now completed: 25.000 clove trees have been distributed to 543 farmers and planted around Mahavona, Antetezampafana and Ambodimandresy, 3 villages located 110 km North of Toamasina, in the rural commune of Ambodimanga II, East Fenerive District, covering 63 hectares and benefiting more than 2.000 people.
Farmers are now autonomous with their own nursery and are responsible for the proper maintenance and development of their plantation. They also have direct access to exporters for their cloves and oil.
To support them, Quimdis has provided these villages with two more efficient stills, with the same capacity as the traditional ones, but reducing the distillation time by half and consequently the wood consumption also by half. The aim was to show them the interest of changing their old stills in order to reduce their production costs while increasing the yield of oil.
During these years, in parallel to this program, Quimdis has provided the villages with drinkable water fountains, which has improved the health of the population and increased the number of people coming from outside to live there. Quimdis has also supplied furniture and school materials while supporting the local soccer team with various equipment.
Since 2020, Quimdis has launched a second planting program for firewood that will be available within 2 years, at the same time as the first trees planted in 2015 will mature. By then, farmers will no longer need to use wild wood, which is now required by local legislation.
Since 2020, Quimdis has launched a second planting program for firewood that will be available within 2 years, at the same time as the first trees planted in 2015 will mature. By then, farmers will no longer need to use wild wood, which is now required by local legislation