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Wild vanilla

About the Implementing organization

Name: Wild Vanilla Bean in Quilombo Kalunga (slave area)

Country: Brazil

Year of establishment: 2015

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Women’s association or organization / Indigenous group or organization / Ethnic minority group or association



We are helping a traditional community, descendants of slaves, living for more than 200 years isolated, without electricity and with great social difficulties because they are far from public policies; Helping and empowering the community to produce one of the most prized delicacies in the world, and yet one of the still unknown but highly valuable specimens. A traditional vanilla weighs about four grammes, a bauniha found in the Kalunga region, weighs about 70 grammes. It's a huge difference.

Nature Element

Forests / Mountains / Rivers / Wildlife

Type of Action

Protection / Sustainable use / Mainstreaming into sectors / Access and benefit sharing / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Water security / Health

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

 The Kalunga area is made up of more than 200 thousand hectares. Preserved free of agro-industry and mass production of food. The project provides for the construction of a system of agroforestry production of vanilla, dividing into productive families. The water system will be through the uptake of water from the rivers, using solar energy to pumping the plants.

Sustainable Development Impacts

The project foresees the construction of a biodegradable greenhouse system for the production of vanilla seedlings with the aim of reducing the impact of the natural native seedlings.


 This project is exclusive to this community in Brazil. Being able to grow within the community itself. But preserving the genetic and cultural material found.


The project can be taken and improved in other Kalungas families and communities. Since at first, we will be working with only 50 families and the project can reach up to 800 families.

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