ProductLicorice from Afghanistan
Can be purchased here
Afghanistan has for close to 40 years suffered from war and conflict with hundreds of thousands of people killed and millions of refugees. The fighting has had a devastating impact on the Afghan society with high insecurity, widespread poverty, and continuous lack of basic social services in large parts of the society.
Of the total population of around 35 million, more than one third live in extreme poverty and more than 6 million depend on humanitarian assistance.
The Afghan people are extremely resilient but strongly need trade, jobs and income.
Afghan wild licorice is considered to be one of the best qualities in the world because of the particular climate and high plateaus with an average of 800 Meters. The licorice has a high content of glycyrrhizic acid, the chief sweet-tasting constituent of licorice root, with an average rate of 5.5% to 6%.
Warfair is working with the Afghan company SHADIAN to get licorice from Afghanistan to Denmark. Danes are the second largest consumer of licorice candy in the world.
SHADIAN is sourcing the licorice from farmers in the northeast (wakhan corridor) and north of Afghanistan and process the crop at the factory in Mazār-e Sharīf. The company promotes a sustainable project of plantation and train farmers with good methods of plantation, harvesting and irrigation.
Licorice from Afghanistan can help to create jobs and income to both farmers and factory workers. SHADIAN has created around 120 direct jobs and 500 to 600 indirect jobs. 80% of employed workers are women.