A lot of effort has gone into maximizing the benefits of Allanblackia to the communities where it grows and into building the local capacity to take advantage of the opportunities Allanblackia provides.

From the women and farmers gathering and growing Allanblackia to the longshoremen loading it onto ships bound for international markets, developing Allanblackia into a sustainable commodity creates opportunity all along the supply chain.

Local residents and businesses are participating in each step in the process—growing, collecting, processing, purchasing, and transportation.

Many women joined men in collecting Allanblackia and participating in other steps in the process. For many of these women, Allanblackia provides a rare opportunity to earn cash income. Money earned by women often goes to paying for children’s school tuition, so in that way the benefits spread even deeper into the community.