Saffron from Afghanistan.
Product: Saffron, Negin quality.
Corporation: Afghanistan Saffron Company (Herat Saffron)
Partner: International Trade Center
Due diligence report: Saffron from Afghanistan.
Dealer: Karlsens Krydderier and Irma (from February 2021). Also sold in webshop.
Afghanistan produces some of the finest saffron in the world. The Afghan saffron has won international awards and is often referred to as "Afghanistan's red gold". But after decades of war in Afghanistan, production has declined and trade in saffron to Europe has largely stopped.
Together with Karlsens Krydderier in Denmark we have now received saffron from farmers in Afghanistan to Denmark. We have imported the first 2 kilos and it will arrive in Irma from February 2021.
Just over 2/3 of the farmers have previously been refugees, but have now returned home. The production of saffron ensures them an income, and helps them to be able to pay school fees for their children. Saffron is also a high-value crop that can replace the harmful production of opium and therefore contributes, in more ways than one, to peace, income and stability in Afghanistan.
It is a success story in every way, and Afghanistan needs them.
Afghanistan Saffron Company (trade name Herat Saffron) has received support from the United Nations International Trade Center to become both ISO and HACCP certified. There has also been a Danish contribution to saffron production: The Danish organization DACAAR was actively involved in the start-up of saffron production, among other things through support to over 200 farmers and women in the Saffron Association of Barnabad. They have contributed to the production of the saffron we sell in Denmark.
Read warfair's Due-Diligence report (approved by it Ethics Committee ) here:
Read the impact report that the International Trade Center has made on saffron production here:
Afghanistan has suffered from war and conflict for up to 40 years where hundreds of thousands have been killed and millions driven into exile. The fighting has had a devastating effect on Afghan society with insecurity, widespread poverty and a lack of basic social services in large parts of the country.
Of the total population of just over 35 million people, more than a third live in extreme poverty and over six million are dependent on emergency aid.
Afghans are extremely resilient but are in dire need of trade, jobs and income. That saffron production can help them get.