At FTF, we work with families that share our priorities of taking a long-term, sustainable approach to environments. The farmers we work with cultivate vanilla within systems that combine forest and agriculture, where vanilla vines grow alongside of food crops, fruit trees, coffee plants, clove trees and native trees. These unique systems provide needed habitat for plant, animal and insect species. They also promote healthy soils, water systems, and atmospheres. The growers we work with do not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers – also promoting community and environmental health over the long-term.
The Mananara region is located within Madagascar's Northeast forest corridor. The region supports a UNESCO biosphere reserve and marine park, which protects some of the last remaining stretches of primary rainforest in Madagascar. These ecosystems contain many endangered species, including lemurs, native palm trees, and chameleons. Madagascar itself has one of the highest concentrations of biodiversity in the world, causing it to be considered a biological “hotspot” among conservation biologists.