Jaborandi Valuation Project

Partnership objective

Generating income for communities while promoting sustainable cultivation and the preservation of biodiversity.

The project aims to foster the sustainable management of the Jaborandi tree, a plant which is needed by Boehringer Ingelheim’s Phytochemicals department to obtain pilocarpin, the active ingredient of a medication used for the treatment of glaucoma. The project aims to foster the sustainable management of the Jaborandi tree, a plant which is needed by Boehringer Ingelheim’s Phytochemicals department to obtain pilocarpin, the active ingredient of a medication used for the treatment of glaucoma. Copyright Photo credits: Boehringer Ingelheim

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

The Jaborandi Valuation Project is a capacity building initiative implemented in the Piaui, Maranhao and Para Brazilian states.

Its objective is to foster the sustainable management of the Jaborandi tree, a plant which is needed by Boehringer Ingelheim’s Phytochemicals department to obtain pilocarpin, the active ingredient of a medication used for the treatment of glaucoma.

Through training and certification of farmers and the organisation of local cooperatives, the initiative supports traditional rural communities in promoting the sustainable wild collection of the leaves, the collaboration of farmers across communities and independent management of the sourcing activities. In addition to this, all workers are identified and ensured fair compensation, thereby generating a fair income, enabling them to afford education and healthcare for their families.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

Five communities in different regions of North and Northeast Brazil have been developed so far. Three of them already implemented a self-sufficient and independent management in 2013.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Boehringer Ingelheim

Partner(s) Centroflora, German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ)

Type of Partner(s) Other Business, PDPs

Therapeutic Focus Other

Disease(s) Ophthalmology

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure

Targeted Population(s) General population

Region(s) Latin America & Caribbean

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Brazil

Start Date 2011

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Completed date 2014