Last Forest Enterprises
Providing a marketing platform for organic and fair-trade products
The enterprise focuses on developing the market for untapped and under-valued sectors. 68 organic, fair trade or indigenous products are procured, quality-checked and branded by the enterprise from eight production clusters and sold at three enterprise-operated retail shops, supplied to retail dealers or marketed and sold on e-commerce portals.
The marketing platform focuses on quality control, fair trade, sustainable harvesting and integration with small-holder producers, farmers, forest-dwellers and the indigenous community. Products include honey, timber products, garments, organic tea and handicrafts.
By providing a marketing platform for organic, fair trade and forest-based products, Last Forest increases the demand for organic agricultural production and offers indigenous communities a sustainable source of income. This strengthens their pride and dignity and enables families to invest in health and education. Part of the profit and fair trade premium are channelled to the community.
Last Forest Pvt. Ltd. is in charge of quality-checking, branding and marketing the products. It operates three retail shops and networks with wholesale dealers and e-commerce platforms.
The Aadhimalai Producer Company is a co-operative that coordinates and organises the eight production centres specialising in organic and value-added forest products.
Keystone Foundation works with indigenous communities in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve on ecodevelopment initiatives and networks with larger institutions and governmental branches.
The 2014 SEED Low Carbon Awards are largely supported by the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).