"KAIBAE" means, "Hello, how are you? Are you well?" in Kusaal, the language spoken by our harvesting partners in Ghana.
This is a true story about indigenous crops not widely known to the outside world. It is the story of a naturopathic doctor and a botanist-humanitarian, and their driving desire to make the world a better place. It is the story about how they came to know the potential of Lost Crops™ to promote health, beauty, community and the environment.
Inspired by the Baobab (bao-bab) tree, we traveled to Northern Ghana to consult and partner with local communities who have cherished the Baobab for centuries. Known as "the Tree of Life", Baobabs grow wild throughout the African Savanna. Northern Ghana has very few opportunities for economic development, and while Baobab’s benefits are long recognized as a part of the local diet, the harvesting of Baobab is a critical new source of revenue. This greatly improves the community’s access to education, healthcare. and prevents food insecurity.
Regenerative and Ethical
There is an emerging movement in health and beauty towards the importance of regenerative practices, preserving biodiversity and recognizing that sustainability is simply not enough when it comes to how a product is made. Biodiversity is essential to human well-being and the long-term health of the environment. We are learning that modern living, urbanization, pollution and deforestation continue to threaten and degrade biodiversity in both the human and global biome.
Kaibae's regenerative agricultural principles are not only sustainable - meaning they are good stewards of the natural systems and resources that their community partners rely on - but they are taking it one step further by ensuring that their practices are actually preserving local biodiversity, strengthening ecosystem services, empowering communities and increasing resilience to climate change.