Xavier-Raphaël SANA decided to create his own company, LATITUDES 23, in 2011 after 10 years of working as an Agricultural engineer for French medicinal herbs’ farms and pharmaceutical laboratories. These experiences have allowed him to set up and supervise supply chains in different continents (Europe, Latin America and Asia)
In order to play a part in the successful functioning and development of LATITUDES 23°, other members have joined the team by bringing in their specific expertises.
Our know-how is based on the expertise provided by a global network and on the goodwill to encourage a more equitable North-South trade relations, which will allow a better future development for rural populations who are involved in our supply chains operating in Southern countries.
Our plants are produced by village organizations that are possibly backed by development agencies and other private structures from the southern countries that cooperate with us on the basis of fair trade.
When setting up our supply chains, we rely on trustworthy local players that we have identified in our previous collaborations. Besides organizing the export of our products, they help us select production organizations that cultivate and harvest tropical medicinal plants.
Since LATITUDES 23° began its activity, new individual producers and new village organizations have joined us, thus consolidating our global network.
Tropical Rain Forest of Ivory Coast, where Griffonia is collected.
Examining a lianescent shrub of the Griffonia plant in Ivory Coast
Shrubby savanna of Burkina Faso, rich in Chrysanthellum
Harvesting Centella on the banks of rice fields in Madagascar.
Highlands of Madagascar where Centella grows in valleys occupied by rice fields
Preparing the dry calyx of Roselle in Burkina Faso
Observing the production potential of Acacia gum in Senegal
Karine is in charge of collecting our products such as Desmodium in Togo
We can meet the demands of buyers, who wish to secure their tropical botanical supply, by setting up a supply chain in Southern countries dedicated to satisfying their needs. The real knowledge of the location and the stakeholders involved in every step of the plant production, guarantees the traceability management. Aside from the industrial security aspect, access to this information holds a valuable marketing interest. Strong communication on the production conditions of raw materials can be relayed to consumers who are increasingly concerned with the social and environmental impact of their purchase.
Development Agencies, who aim at strengthening the revenues of those benefiting from their projects can also rely on our consulting services. The production of Tropical Medicinal plants is a diversified activity which allows farmers in the South to increase their supplementary revenues. In addition to our technical know–how in organizing these sectors, our knowledge of the global market guarantees the continuity of trade opportunities.
Organic Farming practices favours traditional farming techniques and uses local resources. Therefore, they are suitable for small producers who cultivate for their own consumption or for local markets. Organic agriculture provides public goods locally and internationally.
On the basis of equitable business exchanges, Fair trade contributes to creating viable jobs for the local communities in the countries of the Southern Hemisphere.