Farming for Biodiversity

Earthoil Extracts Ltd

Entry Overview

The Kenya Organic Oil Farmers Association is a small-scale farmer’s producer group of over 650 members based around the arid areas of Mount Kenya regions namely Kieni (Nyeri County), Laikipia East and Timau (Meru county) and registered in 2007 to promote growing of organic tea trees and other essential oils products. Currently around over 500acres is under permanent cover of tea trees which are between two and ten years old. The tree has a life span of twenty five years. The group has a contractual agreement with Earth Oil Extracts to produce Organic and “Fair for Life” (a Fair-Trade standard and certification system) tea trees for essential oil extraction. The group is community based and has mixed membership including women and youth. Each member has between 1-3 acres of land on which they grow a mix of food crops and essential oil crops.

Language(s): 
English, Kswahili

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