Organic Argan oil cooperatives
What they are & why they are your safest boat when it comes to purchasing your organic Argan oil
Organic Argan oil (and Argan products in general) cooperatives are a form of social and organizational associations.
These organic Argan oil cooperatives are often established with the aim to enable members to join their Argan productions.
This way they will be able to compete on a certain level of a specific market.
The cooperatives are often democratic-structured and can be seen as strategic for the commercialization of the organic Argan oil products.
Organic Argan oil women-run cooperatives
Consequently, T’manar has become the capital of the organic Argan oil products industry since then.
Later on, the number of cooperatives specifically established to empower the women of rural Morocco, has grown dramatically to a network.
The network employs and guarantees an income source -in the frame of “fair-trade”- to women from different neighboring villages. They are employed on a full-time as well as part-time basis.
This enables many families to afford health-care and basic education for their kids, adherence to literacy programs for adults.
Amongst the primary goals of structuring the traditional production of the organic Argan oil in the cooperatives is the raising of the awareness about the Argan tree´s uppermost importance and the issues resulting from its deforestation among the native population.
Also, numerous governmental ambitious programs are set in place to encourage various community initiatives.
These includes replanting and protecting the endangered Argan trees forest, and hence realizing a noteworthy step on the path of the socioeconomic and environmental development.
Today many believe that most of the Argan oil is produced by the cooperatives, which is not true.
The cooperatives share of the overall market production is larger than the former individual contribution, though.
But if you compare the quantities produced by the industrials using machines to the slow traditional production pace, it´s more than obvious that the latter can´t keep up the speed and thus the quantity.
Yet a fair amount of the organic Argan oil is produced by the different cooperatives who have proudly set up their own showrooms for displaying and selling their organic Argan oil products also on site.
Besides their primary goal through the cooperatives, the women are encouraged to use their precious knowledge to harvest the Argan fruit in an environmentally sound manner fulfilling their part in a larger sustainable development plan.
In terms of the so-called processes´ modernization, many attempts have failed as far as cracking the Argan nuts goes.
Many of the cooperatives adopted the new mechanical extracting methods.
Numerous other ones, though, remained committed to the ancestral hand-production (for the highest quality standard of the organic Argan oil production) despite the high costs of this method as well as competition issues caused by private entrepreneurs.
Notwithstanding some initial difficulties to compete on big-scale markets, the cooperatives’ production of organic Argan oil is supporting and financially changing the lives of a large part of the population (estimated to date at around 3 million people) in all of the chief Argan oil producing areas.
They start to discover the potential of the e-commercialization and take advantage of the support provided by the Mohammed VI Foundation for Research and Protection of the Argan Tree, as well as the technical support for the marketing of their organic Argan oil products provided by some international organizations.
This will help the cooperatives secure local and sustain International markets for their organic Argan oil products against the tremendous industrial cosmetic propaganda and the low-quality counterfeits, cut-off products flooding many of these markets.
Besides the “new” genetically manipulated Argan trees, one of the major challenges these cooperatives are facing lies also in the dangerous factors -often wrapped under misleading terminologies like “modernization“.
This results in altering the ancestral but fundamental traditional and complicated extraction and processing techniques, and influencing directly the quality of the end-product.
Why buying organic Argan oil from the cooperatives is the best buy for your bucks?
Simply put: Forget about any biased organic Argan oil review if you really want to buy pure Argan oil!
Ask any connoisseur of Olive oil and they will tell you that the traditionally-gained olive oil is far better than the mechanically-produced one.
And that´s exactly the same for organic Argan oil.
Only few of these oil promoters know about the real benefits of a traditionally hand-processed product.
Other than the fact that only the best Argania Spinosa kernels are chosen for the organic Argan oil production, and immediately handled after being extracted from the Argan nuts to eliminate their oxidization problem -as the quantities are relatively small and manageable, the traditional extraction method itself is the key for preserving the full potential and ensuring the highest quality of the end product.
With that said, if you´re willing to buy pure and organic Argan oil, make sure you do it either at source or at sellers sourcing the oil directly from one of the local cooperatives on site.
This way, you support the intensive time-consuming labour of the women in the cooperatives while at the same time ensuring to get superior quality for your money eliminating the risk of buying a cut-off industrial product!