New Origins Sustainable Spices : Developing new sustainable spices origins in Tanzania and Madagascar
Tanzania and Madagascar have strong and growing spices sectors. Both countries have a huge potential that is ready to be exploited and expanded to a larger scale.
NOSS aims to develop these origins through the transfer of knowledge and expertise, for example by way of NOSS nurseries, spice model farms and farmer capacity building. The programme focuses on creating a sustainable value chain for export, aiming for an increase in the quality and quantity of organic and conventional spice exports from both countries to the European Union. The progamme targets the following crops: ginger (Tanzania), cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and vanilla (Madagascar). In Tanzania, NOSS is active in the Morogoro and Muheza/Same regions and works closely together with spices exporters GFP and Agri ventures. In Madagascar, NOSS is active in the Tamatave region, working closely together with the CTHT and four spice exporters. The companies that cooperate in the cluster, J.S. Polak, HQO, Agri Exim, Kagan Spices, Aromatum and Précon, provide essential input in terms of product properties and quality standards.
The NOSS program will achieve its goals through the following approach
Stakeholder mapping & baseline study
The baseline study will mark the starting point of the programme and make monitoring and evaluation possible and define KPIs. The stakeholder mapping will identify the partners and important stakeholders during the programme.
The demofarm will be located on the property of the production partners, and will be upgraded with small Dutch equipment. The demofarm will give the cluster members the opportunity to show case their approach and train the target group. The demofarm will be an example for other farmers and show best farming practices to improve quality and volume.
The cluster members and local partners will train the model farmers on spices cultivation skills and support the local government by trainings to comprehend the process of logistics, finances and current challenges of red tape and the warrantage process.
During field visits, workshops and open days the cluster members will have the opportunity to show the necessary transformation at farms to improve quality, sustainable farming practices, processing spices, collecting and transporting spices, increasing volume to export and increasing the income for farmers.