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We did it! 50 baobab trees planted!

We did it! 50 baobab trees planted!

We’re thrilled to announce that what began as a dream in November 2013 has become a reality today! We have planted 50 baobab trees in the wild thanks to the help of our wonderful sponsors.  Baobab trees can live to over a thousand years old, are tough and sturdy and can survive near desert-like conditions. So why do we need to nurture baobab seedlings until they are strong enough to survive in the wild? 

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2014 Jun: Coppicing Baobabs

2014 Jun: Coppicing Baobabs

When baobabs are still young they are vulnerable to damage.  This young baobab was damaged at the base, but it was helped to survive by coppicing (sprouting).  After a few years most of the coppice shoots die but two or three remain leaving the tree to develop into a multistemed tree which you can clearly see in […]

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First SA Conference on Essential and Vegetable Oils

First SA Conference on Essential and Vegetable Oils

Dr Sarah Venter (Managing Director at EcoProducts) was invited to be a guest presenter at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) conference held recently. Sarah presented on quality standards in Baobab Oil and working with communities to achieve high standards and meeting customer expectations.

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2016 Mar: Baobab Guardians: from seedling to sapling – it’s about being inspired!

2016 Mar: Baobab Guardians: from seedling to sapling – it’s about being inspired!

How two Dutch women now living in South Africa, are contributing to sustaining the Limpopo indigenous landscape by sponsoring a baobab guardian and the planting and care of a baobab tree.

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Featured in Forest Ecology and Management Journal

Featured in Forest Ecology and Management Journal

I'm really pleased to announce that my article on my scientific research findings regarding the sustainability of the Baobab Tree population has been recently published in the science journal Forest Ecology and Management.  This journal has a very rigorous selection process and acceptance is based on relevance, whether your article can demonstrate a genuine contribution […]

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2018 April: The Little BIG BAOBAB Book spreads its wings

2018 April: The Little BIG BAOBAB Book spreads its wings

Inspired by her PhD research on baobab trees, Dr Sarah Venter wans to make the fascinating information usually available only in obscure scientific papers, available to a much broader audience including children. The Little BIG BAOBAB book is for everyone who loves baobab trees…

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EcoProducts gets FSSC 22000 certified!

EcoProducts gets FSSC 22000 certified!

EcoProducts Baobab fruit powder production facility has been certified FSSC 22000.  FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification is a highly regarded level of food certification that meets global standards.   FSSC 22000 is fully recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)

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2015 May: EcoProducts Foundation: creating a culture of caring

2015 May: EcoProducts Foundation: creating a culture of caring

I decided to create the EcoProducts Foundation (a non-profit organisation) when I realised that simply providing employment to local Venda communities wasn’t enough.  I wanted to do more and decided to support early childhood development, which in these rural areas is very neglected.   In addition, the results of my PhD research revealed that goats and drought were hampering the growth […]

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2016 Apr: Celebrating International Earth Day

2016 Apr: Celebrating International Earth Day

The theme for International Earth Day 2016 is trees! With a goal of planting 7.8 billion trees over the next 5 years. EcoProducts joins in.

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Living in a baobab tree

Living in a baobab tree

Here are some pictures we found of how people have used the hollow spaces within a baobab tree as living spaces – there's a bar and another has even been fitted out as a toilet! One ancient hollow Baobab tree in Zimbabwe is so large that up to 40 people can shelter inside its trunk. […]

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