Piretro: a natural insecticide for new climate neutral products

Endura SPA, Italy's leading manufacturer of home-based insecticide ingredients, in collaboration with Carbonsink has developed an innovative project on the pyrethrum chain. The aim of the project is to reduce the risks associated with the supply chain and minimize the social and economic impacts of farmers.

Carbonsink is actively involved in providing solutions to the effects of climate change in natural raw materials supply chains. In this context lies the project that involved the pyrethrum chain in Rwanda.

Pyrethrum is a naturally low toxicity insecticide widely used in the home and commercial market, and also authorized in organic farming. In Rwanda, among the world's leading producers, cultivation - concentrated at the borders of the Virunga National Park - is an important source of income for over 35,000 small farmers.

Horizon Sopyrwa Ltd. (Rwanda) and Endura S.p.A. (Italy), directly involved in the production and marketing of natural pyrethrum, have decided to undertake an action aimed at improving the sustainability and resilience of pyrethrum’s supply chain. The two companies charged Carbonsink and Chemical Development S.p.A. (a subsidiary of Federchimica) to develop a program enabling easy access to efficient cooking systems, crucial for local communities involved in cultivation.

The project involves 6 producers’ cooperatives and aims to reduce the consumption of wood in the pyrethrum cultivation area by 70%, by reducing domestic toxic emissions and reduce significantly the costs of wood purchases.

This implies a slowdown in deforestation resulting in the abatement of greenhouse gas emissions. This reduction will be certified by Gold Standard, allowing the generation of carbon credits and providing an additional source of income for stakeholders involved in the project.

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Piretro: a natural insecticide for new climate neutral products