Amanprana 's sustainable palm oil from Colombia through cooperation with smallholder alliances
As from December 2010, Amanprana 's red palm oil is produced by families of small-scale palm growers in the Magdalena and Bolivar region of Colombia. As requested by Amanprana , they obtained a bio certificate in 2009/beginning of 2010. The families have organized themselves into 5 co-operatives and 2 associations.
Since 2001 smallholder alliances are an example of the economic development of poor communities. They go by the name of "Peace Alliances". These alliances are long-term agreements, which benefit the co-operatives, the alliances themselves and Amanprana . Because they operate in a sustainable way, they receive a subsidy, which is paid in advance in order for them to fulfil their obligations to the authorities. Additionally they also receive a "subsidy for the community", which enables them to invest in education and health care. Finally, the alliances are soon to receive a "subsidy for RSPO sustainability", which will enable them to further invest in sustainability. RSPO stands for Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil.
To guarantee the quality, Amanprana 's red palm oil is pressed by Daabon, which has numerous quality certifications. Every litre of red palm oil that Daabon delivers to Amanprana originates from palm fruit grown by the smallholder alliances. Subsequently Daabon presses the palm oil according to the rules. This way everybody is happy and the quality is guaranteed.
For every litre of (sustainable) red palm oil Amanprana buys from Daabon, they guarantee the production by purchasing enough palm fruit from smallholder alliances, good for your health.
"For every litre of red palm oil Amanprana buys from Daabon, Daabon guarantees the production by purchasing enough palm fruit from smallholder alliances."
Felipe M. Guerrero, Sustainability Director, DAABON
Daabon, Las Pavas, human rights and civil rights
In 2009-2010 Daabon was portrayed unfavourably by the media for its intervention in the land rights/human rights issue in the region around Las Pavas. Despite the fact that the court assigned the land titles to Daabon's subsidiary 'Tequendama', both Daabon and Tequendama regret the alleged disagreements and the unilateral enlargement of this issue by the media. On 28 October 2010 Tequendama (Daabon) decided to put a definitive end to the palm project. By doing so, Daabon reaches out to the local community thus hoping to ensure peace in this region.
Mr Manuel Danvila, CEO of the Daabon Group, told Amanprana the following: "Right from the start of this project we made a commitment to improve the living conditions in the Las Pavas region. We assumed that our model "Alliances for Peace", which are successful in other parts of Colombia, would also be welcomed. After all, these alliances brought better living conditions and development to the local communities in other regions."
Amanprana welcomes this decision, devoting all of its energy to the unique palm oil project since November 2010. Needless to say, it would be easier to abandon Colombia, a troubled country where both corruption and the paramilitary forces are to be reckoned with. However, Amanprana would never turn its back on the local communities in Colombia. For Amanprana holds the strong conviction that the red palm oil network of alliances, ProAves, World Land Trust, Daabon and Amanprana is a step in the right direction in terms of human rights, sustainable palm oil and the protection of biodiversity.
Please help us protect Colombia's biodiversity by choosing Amanprana 's sustainable red palm oil. Amanprana, the local palm fruit farmers and your health will be grateful.
- Purely natural; non-deodorised, unrefined, non-hydrogenated and unbleached
- Packaged in glass
- RSPO member and sustainable: save 1 rainforest tree for every litre you buy
- An original flavour. Perfect for African, Asian and Latin American cuisine