Peace Kit: Saffron from Afghanistan, 2g
What is it?
This saffron is cultivated using traditional methods and is hand-picked by an independent women’s collective in Afghanistan. To collect just one kilo of the “Red Gold”, an incredible 150,000-200,000 crocus flowers must be harvested and their three fragrant threads removed and dried. The intense, yet light, flavor of the saffron with its salty, earthy tones are what gives rice dishes, desserts and pastries a rich, golden-yellow coloring.
Your Peace Kit includes:
• 2g saffron threads
• Resealable glass tube
• “Voices of Afghanistan” journal
What is the social impact?
Where opium plants once grew, an independent women’s collective now cultivates saffron. The collective is based in the province of Herat in Western Afghanistan, a region which is often referred to as the “Cradle of Saffron” and has been certified three times as the Best Growing Region Worldwide. The collective is paid fairly, directly and on-site without any intermediaries. Consequently, the money can be invested by the farmers back into obtaining new saffron bulbs for the next season. This way, the produce can be bought by us again – thus creating a long term trading relationship.
Just a few years ago, products sourced from Afghanistan stood virtually no chance on the world trading market. Producers faced many problems; partly relating to international trading regulations and the inefficient processing of raw materials, but mostly that, despite the quality of a product, traders were reluctant to travel to Afghanistan due to the ongoing conflict.
The opportunity to bring saffron into the European market place offers this women’s collective – and Afghanistan as a whole – more economic possibilities and peaceful prospects.
The taste of peace!
Conflictfood engages in fair and direct trade with small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs in conflict regions. Direct trading helps to strengthen local structures and create long-term economic stability which tackles the causes of migration at the root.
We travel in search of local delicacies which reflect the identity of the land and its people. Our journey uses social enterprise to challenge the way we think about our own consumption and how we relate to today’s global challenges. Consumption is always political. Choose Conflictfood – the taste of peace!