The SVI aims to improve vanilla bean farmers’ livelihoods and assure the long-term stable supply of high quality natural vanilla. The program liaises with vanilla exporters, producers, sector organizations and public authorities worldwide to progress issues of governance, traceability, labor rights and technical assistance to grower groups.
Hear more about the Sustainable Vanilla Initiative in this episode of the IDH podcast:
SVI was launched in 2015 in response to a shared sense of purpose from international food manufacturers and vanilla industry to improve sustainability and quality in vanilla production, with an initial focus on Madagascar, the world’s largest vanilla producing country. The initial objectives of SVI are to:
The Sustainable Vanilla Initiative works closely with companies and multi-stakeholder sector organizations in vanilla origin countries to develop and support long term improvement strategies.
SVI members developed a program with CARE to support vanilla communities in Madagascar in their recovery from Tropical Cyclone ENAWO. The ‘Agriculture Recovery to North Eastern Madagascar in Response to Tropical Cyclone ENAWO’ is a one year program that focuses on helping households impacted by the Cyclone in the Antalaha area on agricultural recovery with home food production and local market crops.
Read here for more information about the program.
The Sustainable Food Lab has offered to financially manage the contributions for SVI as a straight pass through to CARE. To contribute please complete the form underneath and you will receive the donation paths via email.
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Participating companies share a commitment to pre-competitive projects to improve quality, product traceability, good market governance and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers who form the foundation of the global vanilla bean trade.
Membership in SVI is open for all international companies in the vanilla supply chain committed to sustainability in vanilla. The current members of SVI are: Authentic Products, Barry Callebaut, Costco, DeMonchy Natural Products, Eurovanille, Firmenich, Fona, Frontier Co-op, General Mills, Givaudan, Kerry, Mane, Mars, McCormick, Mother Murphy’s, Nestle, Nielsen Massey, Prova, Queen Foods, Rodelle, Silver Spoon, Symrise, Touton, Unilever and Virginia Dare.
In April 2016, the SVI organized a conference in Paris bringing together Malagasy government officials, representatives of Malagasy vanilla bean growers, collector and exporter groups as well as international companies to agree plans for market reform. This meeting was the first of its kind in more than 20 years. The outcomes included a joint declaration by participants to build a more vibrant market by providing structural incentives for consistently high quality product, sustainable market practices and improved vanilla grower livelihoods.
More recently, the ILO in collaboration with SVI was awarded a grant of USD 4 million by the U.S. Department of Labor to further pursue work with its Malagasy partners in the areas of sector governance, traceability, safeguarding against child labor and technical assistance to grower groups.
Doubling the supply of (traceable) sustainably produced vanilla