Baobab Products Mozambique
Producing Baobab products and improving the livelihoods of rural women
BPM is the first business in Mozambique to buy, process and trade the nutrient-rich Baobab fruit locally and market powder and oils as well as other planned products such as ingredients used to make ice creams and biscuits. The products will be sold on national and international markets.
BPM is an inclusive business that allows women harvesters to supply Baobab seed and pulp as well as become active shareholders in the enterprise, as part of a co-operative. It stimulates the economy through a new value-chain. BPM assists rural communities adapt to climate change, and provides an alternative food source and income for a region where agriculture is becoming limited due to poor rainfall and drought.
Baobab Products Mozambique is a business that will buy, produce and trade in Baobab powder and other products. BPM is wholly-owned by Eco MICAIA, with 20% of shares set aside for the women harvesters’ co-operative.
Eco-MICAIA Ltd., the social enterprise wing of MICAIA Foundation, is a company that is leading the business development process for BPM and is offering management and marketing assistance.
MICAIA Foundation is a non-profit organisation working on livelihood projects and natural resource management in Manica province. It will provide training and organisational support to Baobab harvesters.
PhytoTrade Africa is a trade association for natural products from Southern Africa. It is assisting with a natural resource assessment of Baobab areas, and facilitating export in Baobab products.
The 2014 SEED Awards in Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia are supported by the Government of Flanders, which is active in Southern Africa.