Patchouli oil is prized by perfumers for its powerful, earthy and long-lasting character. The essential oil is distilled from the dried leaves of the patchouli plant and used to inspire perfumers’ palettes from fine fragrances to fabric care products.
The goal of the project, funded by the Givaudan Foundation is to improve the livelihoods of individual producer families while protecting precious natural resources on the island, to promote best practices and improve living standards among the Indonesian producer community.
A first for sustainable Indonesian patchouli production
“We are pleased to be working with Givaudan on this project which represents a first for sustainable Indonesian patchouli production in terms of scope. In partnership with the producers, their families and local government actors, we aim to help increase smallholder production yields, promote the protection of natural resources and create local ownership in the project,” said Peter Bissegger, Director Market Development, Swisscontact.
Agricultural and distillation practice trainings
Training programmes will be offered to around 1,000 patchouli producers and their families on good agricultural and distillation practices, improved management of household income as well as education on nutrition. Additionally, smallholder patchouli distillation units will be renovated to improve energy efficiency and reduce firewood consumption; trees will be planted as part of the climate-smart cultivation approach.