Cambodia faces many challenges: malnutrition, lack of education, exorbitant electricity rates and economic opportunity. We will nurture, protect, educate, enlighten and employ.
We will donate 5% of our moringa capsule production to provide needed and valuable nutrition to the local children who are attending school. We estimate we will be impacting 34,375 school children every year to feed their brains, build their bodies and provide optimal nutrition.
We will protect women’s rights, paying them equally with men and ensure they have a safe working environment.
We will train our workers in best organic fertilizers, modern irrigation methods, weeding, and organic herbicide and pesticides. We will educate them in matters of hygiene and quality control. We will educate local farmers in how to grow moringa to the highest standards and purchase their product so as to enable them to have a guaranteed source of income.
We will provide solar lamps to school children to enable them to study at night.
Through direct, well-paying jobs on the plantation we will provide new, stable, economic opportunity in the local communities.
Big Leaf Farms will take care of Mother Nature through pursuing the highest environmental standards. CERES Environmental Certified farms have reduced their environmental footprint, are good neighbors to human and wild communities and are often integral parts of regional conservation initiatives.
CERES Environmental Certified means:
All sources of contamination (pesticides, fertilizers, sediment, wastewaters, garbage, fuels and so on) are controlled.
Farms implement soil conservation practices such as planting on contours and maintaining ground cover.
The most dangerous pesticides are prohibited and all agrochemical use is strictly regulated. Farmers must use mechanical and biological pest controls where possible and strive to reduce both the toxicity and quantity of chemicals used.
Deforestation is stopped, the banks of rivers are protected by buffer zones, critical ecosystems such as wetlands are protected and forest patches on farms are preserved.
Farm by-products such as banana stems, coffee pulp, orange peels and un-marketable foliage are composted and returned to the fields as natural fertilizer. Other wastes, such as plastics, glass and metals are recycled whenever possible.
Water conservation measures are applied in washing and packing stations, housing areas and irrigation systems.
The certification program helps farmers organize, plan, schedule improvements, implement better practices, identify problems and monitor progress.
Farm workers get fair wages, decent housing, clean drinking water, sanitary facilities and a safe and wholesome work area. Workers and their families also have access to schools, health care, transportation and training.
Farmers now have increased production, improved quality, reduced worker complaints and increased worker efficiency. The CERES Environmental Certified seal of approval offers farmers more leverage at the time of sale, product differentiation, premium prices and improved access to credit.
Parks alone cannot save the world's biodiversity; we have to ensure that wild flora and fauna find refuge outside of protected areas. Because farmers control the fate of so much land and so many critical habitats, their ideas and willingness to participate are essential to any local or regional conservation strategy.