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Rebuilding livelihoods of sandalwood farmers on island of Erromango after Vanuatu Cyclone PAM 2015

  • Rebuilding livelihoods of sandalwood farmers on island of Erromango after Vanuatu Cyclone PAM 2015

    by Market Insider

    Monday, 16 Mar. 2015

    In December 2014, ITC’s Market Insider reported that for the first time ever essential oil distilled from heartwood of Vanuatu sandalwood (Santalum austrocaledonicum) was being produced on the sandalwood rich island of Erromango, Republic of Vanuatu. Up to that point (and since the 1800’s) people had been buying, trading and stealing sandalwood from Erromango to take to other countries for processing to essential oil.

    Now three months on, a real setback for Erromango as the result of a direct hit of the category 5 Cyclone Pam on Saturday 14th March 2015. With the entire population of 2000 living in thatched housing, subsistence farming and relying on transport by boat to neighboring villages they have lost it all - homes, food gardens,  food security and boats.

    Pacific Provender Ltd,, a small family business, based at the isolated village of Port Narvin on Erromango, had established the first ever sandalwood distillery on Erromango working in close consultation with the ‘Erromangan Sandalwood and Essential Oil Association’ representing 42 farmers and the ‘Department of Forests of the Republic of Vanuatu’ to train and employ Ni-Vanatuan sandalwood growers to process, produce and value add sandalwood oil products.

    Now Pacific Provender Ltd. is organizing a crowdfunding campaign to support the recovery and rebuilding of long term and resilient livelihoods of sandalwood growers in the face of the devastating destruction caused by cyclone.

    Over the next 30 days, they aim to raise $160,000 AUD to aid the recovery and reconstruction of the sandalwood farmers' agricultural livelihoods. Contributions will go directly to the ‘Erromango Sandalwood and Essential Oil Farmers' Association’ and their families. For more information visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vanuatu-erromango-sandalwood-farmers-association

    Sources:

    §Allen J, Allen S. Rebuilding livelihoods of sandalwood farmers on island of Erromango after Vanuatu Cyclone PAM 2015. 16 March 2015: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vanuatu-erromango-sandalwood-farmers-association

    §Market Insider. Sandalwood value-adding in Erromango, Vanuatu for the first time. 08 December 2014: http://www.intracen.org/blog/Sandalwood-value-adding-in-Erromango-Vanuatu-for-the-first-time/

     

     

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