The Naturex Foundation has launched two new projects, one in Mongolia and the other in Cambodia. This is in addition to community projects it already runs in Morocco, Peru and India.
The foundation is an independent entity that supports the living conditions in communities from which Naturex sources its raw materials.
The foundation has also announced a new endowment fund, which will allow the group to collect donations from Naturex clients. "An increasing number of Naturex's clients are interested in the actions led by our foundation, and would like to contribute to our programs," said Antoine Dauby, secretary of the Naturex Foundation.
This new project, headed by French NGO Naadam, aims to help the people of Mongolia through training, education and human fulfillment.
"During five years, the association has worked with local inhabitants to create food-producing gardens," explained Dauby. "The purpose of the program is to teach the local people gardening techniques in order to provide themselves with basic foods and thereby overcome malnutrition."
In order to improve this system, a deep study of the nutritional and economical impacts is necessary. Within the upcoming months, the foundation is going to support the team in charge of the study, whose report will lead to the intervention of an expert agronomist.
The foundation supports the project "Agriculture diversification around Siem Reap" which is conducted by Agrisud, the NGO that the foundation already works with in Morocco and India.
"This new project is held in North West Cambodia, and its objective is to ensure food supply into this area and to fight poverty, especially for farmer's families," Dauby said. "This project started in June and is planned to end in 2013. The first step is to trial new agricultural systems with 40 farmers families, and then to extend these innovative systems to 320 farmers."