Recipe for change – The need for improved livelihoods of vanilla farmers

The majority of the 80,000 vanilla farmers in Madagascar face food insecurity for at least three months a year despite the fact that they are producing the world’s second most expensive spice. Depending on 6,000 middle men and 33 export companies for income, their negotiating power is minimal. The vanilla sector’s pricing system is complex and non-transparent. What makes the farmers’ situation even more difficult is that they have to compete against the industry’s use of artificial vanilla flavour. If the farmers were to get a fair income, this would enable them to purchase adequate nutritious food for themselves and their families. Fairfood International reveals the serious situation faced by small-scale Malagasy vanilla farmers in the report: ‘Recipe for change.’