Our fair trade and organic virgin coconut oil is shipped straight from Ghana. The production of this community based coconut oil is focused on empowering women and protecting biodiversity.
The production is part of a project that aims to curb deforestation and to durably manage natural resources, by and for the most vulnerable communities.
Fair and Organic
We ensure socially and environmentally responsible business, we ensure value addition at source is maximized, and we ensure the quality and the traceability is supervised.
This organized production of the coconut oil aims to empower the women, farmers and communities involved in the collection of coconuts and the production of the oil. By aligning with the Organic and Fair For Life principles and procedures the communities receive a higher income, which eliminates the need to extract from the forest to supplement poor income and contributes to the conservation efforts to help endangered primates.
Wet fermentation method
Processors use the wet method where the oil is extracted from fresh coconut meat without drying first.
The ‘Coconut milk’ is mashed with water then the oil is separated from the water by fermentation in the sun, so there is no cooking or boiling in the process.
The coconuts are processed straight from the fields, everything is hand crafted. This method results in a 100% natural Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil which can be used for many cosmetic and food applications.
The melting point is around 30˚C.
Because the material is not refined this coconut oil has the characteristic fragrance.
To halt biodiversity loss The Savannah Fruits Company, together with a group of partners, has developed a coconut chain on the outskirts of the Kwabre-Tanoe forest by setting up processing centers and supporting small-scale farmers towards the protection of the forest.
The stakeholders in the project producing our coconut oil are:
- West African Primate Conservation Action (WAPCA) - Aims to conserve endangered primate species in West Africa
- Noé - Non-profit organization to safeguard biodiversity
- Community Resource Management Areas (CREMA) - making communities responsible for the management of natural resources
- The Savannah Fruits Company (SFC) - The preferred supplier of Butterwise in Ghana.
To protect the Kwabre-Tanoe forest
The community based organic coconut oil production in Ghana is focused on protecting The Kwabre-Tanoe forest (14,500 ha) which extends on both sides of the Tanoe River, in south-western Ghana and southeastern Ivory Coast. The forest is home to an exceptional biodiversity; it is the last habitat of the Roloway monkey (Cercopithecus roloway), one of the 25 most endangered primates of the world, as well as the White-Naped Mangabey (Cercocebus lunulatus), and Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus (Piliocolobus waldronae) which may already be extinct in the wild.
Because this coconut oil is a Fair For Life product, the community in Ghana receives a higher margin and income. This eliminates mining, poaching, cutting down trees and extract wood from the forest to supplement poor income. Saving these trees and nature will contribute to the conservation of the forest and helps the endangered primates that need the forest to live in and eat from.