A team of 10 students in agronomy and international development in a school settled in Paris called ISTOM : Sarobidy, Maël, Victoria, Mathieu, Mathilde, Alex, Gabriel, Amandine, Carl et Valérie.
Organized under the association EADE, we are going to Cambodia in June to work with the company Kiri Farms which grows and processes long pepper. It currently markets its products in China and Vietnam for traditional Chinese medicine.
The farm owns 2ha of land in Takeo province (two hours and a half from Phnom Penh in the south of the country). It is a low altitude region between 100 and 200 meters high, with some hills near by the plantations. Kiri Farms is working with a hundred outgrowers and would like to make long pepper known as a spice worldwide. This implies to produce a product meeting international standards.
What is long pepper?
It is the fruit of a liana native of Java known as Piper retrofractum. The fruits have the particularity of pushing upwards which distinguish it from its cousin black pepper.
Very famous in Roman times, it was one of the first spices to be marketed in Europe.
What does it look like?
Unlike black pepper, long pepper looks like a small pine cone. Indeed, the fruit consists of many minuscule fruits (each about the size of a poppy seed) embedded in the surface of a flower spike that closely resembles a hazel tree catkin. The usual way of eating it is whole, crushed or cut into pieces.
In addition to its unique taste, alkaloid piperine, a molecule extracted from long pepper, is well known for its therapeutic virtues. It improves blood circulation and lowers blood pressure. It is also used to treat bronchial asthma and muscle weakness.
Pepper production in Cambodia collapsed under the Khmer Rouge Regime but experienced a revival in the 1990s. Today, it is a product with great value that weighs in the local economy and contributes to the socio-economic development of the country.
1 - Implementation of HACCP certification
Objective: sell long pepper compliant with international quality standards
2 - Supply study on long pepper
Objective: Identify potential suppliers and evaluate the quality of their production as well as their production capacity.
Investigations with pepper producers in the Takéo region
Plot diagnostics to determine quality suppliers
Write fact sheets on the producers from the study
3 - Market study on long pepper
Objective : Enhance production by identifying new potential customers
Where will we be?
To carry out these missions, we will be deployed in 4 areas in Cambodia:
Siem Reap, known for the famous temples of Angkor, is a very touristic city. It is interesting to study the market there to find potential buyers.
Phnom-Penh, the capital city of Cambodia where many actors of the sector are present.
Kâmpôt, region known worldwide for its pepper, where there are many market opportunities.
Kiri Vong, where Kiri Farms and other long pepper producers are located.
How can you help us?
The total budget of our mission is 14 200€. This amount is divided into two sources of funding:
For more than a year and a half, we have been doing various works and actions to raise funds. From Christmas gift wrappings to lily of the valley picking, through store inventories, private lessons and the sale of meals and local products, our determination has allowed us to collect 78% of the budget which represents 11200€ out of 14 200€ needed for the realization of the mission.
This entire budget will be used to finance:
- Airplane tickets
- On-site transportation
Today we have 3000 € left to collect. This is why we are asking for your financial help to cover some of the costs we will have in Cambodia:
- Housing up to 1000€
- And food up to 2000€
How to follow us?
You can follow us and our adventure in Cambodia on :
Don’t hesitate to ask us your questions on firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for your support and the trust you place in us. Whatever your contribution, you are now a part of the adventure!
For 1 €: The team sends you a thank you email!
For 5 € and more: You are awesome! Your name will be quoted on our Facebook page.
For 10 € and more: You are fantastic! The team sends you the previous rewards + a picture of Cambodia taken by us to keep you informed of the mission.
For 20 € and more: You are exceptional! The team sends you the previous rewards + a postcard signed by our little hands.
For 50 € and more: You are wonderful! The team sends you the previous rewards + long pepper of the region.
For 100 € and more: You are extraordinary! The team sends you the previous rewards + an assortment of spices.