Access to Global Markets – Selling Bulk Shea Butter
Access to global markets is considered a key component of the project, as it ensures that women’s groups are not simply components of a revolutionised shea butter sector in Burkina Faso, but a major beneficiary.
International Demand for Shea Butter in the Food & Personal Care Industries
International demand for shea butter continues to rise dramatically given the pressures on the availability of cocoa butter, (shea butter is a replacement for cocoa butter, CBR, CBE etc) and the desire to find truly sustainable sources of vegetable fats for the food industry. Additionally, the growing demand for high performance ingredients for natural and organic skincare puts the newly organised Burkina Faso shea sector centre stage.
The shea industry is typically very fragmented. We attract long term corporate ingredients buyers to the sector and offer them an active role in developing their own sustainable sourcing programme around the Eco-Processing Centres.
Driving Value Down the Shea Supply Chain
The Eco-Processing Centres will provide a major improvement on the women’s groups’ shea butter profitability simplifying routes to market and working directly with Corporates and Brands.
In addition, the women’s groups will have an equity share in the business and as such will receive further benefits from the overall profits after the shea butter is exported.