Vetiver Case Study
Improving the supply chain of Vetiver oil in Haiti
Haitian Vetiver is the vetiver oil most valued by perfumers. Yet its supply chain was in danger. Exportation of Haitian vetiver oil has dropped by half in the last 30 years. Vetiver is cultivated by 15,000 farmers who have no formal organization to protect their interests. Under the weight of economic pressures, farmers tend to sell at very low prices before roots are mature, leading to soil erosion, poor oil yield and low profits for distillers. The NRSC carefully reviewed all the steps of the supply chain and put together a workgroup for improving of the production of vetiver oil in Haiti.
The goals pursued by the NRSC were the long-term economic viability of the vetiver supply chain, environmental sustainability, and improved economic and social benefits for the communities.
Action in the field
A field project started in 2012, implemented in cooperation with Ayitika SA, two distillers, and several cooperatives. This phase ended with the creation of specifications for all actors of the chain in Haiti, from the source to the finished product. The key points of the specifications included traceability along the entire chain, quality improvement, standard purchase contracts with fair pricing, and the creation of cooperatives of farmers. NRSC-compliant, traced vetiver oil is now available in Haiti with a production capacity of seven tons. We continue to monitor the improvement of the value chain to further develop this capacity.
For 2015, the NRSC will support six cooperatives, with the objective of increasing the production capacity of traced vetiver oil to 15-20 tons. We will assist the existing producers’ organizations to ensure their economic viability and that of the supply chain over the long-term.