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|(C) Direction du patrimoine culturel via UNESCO|
I've done a bit of research since then and am happy to have learned that the success of Argan Oil has actually been extremely positive for the producing region - and especially for the women of the region.
According to UNESCO, the argan tree which is the source of argan oil, is "an endemic woodland species found in the Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve in south-west Morocco." There is only one small region in the world where the ancient Argan tree grows; the tree and its oil play a major part of the local culture. The process to extract the oil is quite complicated and is based upon a generations-long learning process performed by local families - especially women.
Women joined together in 1990 into farming cooperatives, enabling an organized market for the oil - a major factor in its global commercial success. As a result, argan oil - and therefore the value of these womens' hard work - has significantly increased in the past few years. UNESCO has actually named the Argan forest as a cultural heritage site which gives it a high level of protection as a natural resource.
UNESCO has provided a fantastic video about Argan and how the oil is processed, which happens to be in French but the visuals from the 3rd minute on are fascinating.
Who would have guessed that a product with such huge commercial success is processed entirely by hand, using the most rudimentary of tools, by women in a tiny region of Morocco! I'm thrilled to learn that it is sustainability farmed and extracted, and that its success is an asset to the women of rural Morocco.
Have you used Argan oil? What do you use it for or in?
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