Cultivates and processes indigenous medicinal plants into finished herbal products.
Muthi Futhi is a pioneering business engaged in the commercial cultivation and processing of selected threatened indigenous medicinal plants. It aims to become a replicable model for other communities and growers, creating new, sustainable rural jobs for marginalised women. The enterprise is jointly owned by the Edakeni community and the consultancy Enzangakho, ensuring long-term partnership. Its customers are commercial companies manufacturing herbal products locally or exporting raw materials to Europe, the US and elsewhere.
Edakeni Muthi Futhi Trust, co-owned by the Edakeni community and the consultancy Enzangakho, runs the enterprise.
Zululand Nurseries provide technical support and supplies for propagating and cultivating medicinal plant products.
Esse Organics is a customer and also provides technical support and advice on industry-related issues.
The Agricultural Research Council provides expertise on medicinal plant cultivation and processing, as well as accrediting the Muthi Futhi nursery so it can supply other growers.
The University of Pretoria has a research partnership with Muthi Futhi; Muthi Futhi will share in any potential commercialisation.
The 2013 SEED Awards in 2 South African provinces are supported by the Government of Flanders through Flanders International Cooperation Agency (FICA), which is active in Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa.