Collection: Asia

Asia has been the main spice continent for Europe for centuries, but there is increasing competition from countries in Africa and South and Central America, such as Madagascar, Cameroon and Guatemala

The first trade in spices from the Far East has long been accompanied by strict confidentialityViolence was not avoidedLike Jan Pieterszoon Coen, admiral of the VOC in 1821, who massacred the people of Banda to keep the secret of nutmeg

The Europeans still have an important role in the spice trade from Asia, but they have also changed the landscapeAlso in recent historyAfter the fall of the Khmer Rouge, French specialists revived their previously introduced pepper cultivation in Kampot, Cambodia

In many places in Asia you see initiatives emerging to support farmers and farming communities in shaping a sustainable agricultural existence while preserving their own identity and traditionsBiodiversity and cultural diversity go hand in hand, such as in the Indian Wayanad and in the Vietnamese, Nepalese and Indian Himalayas where wild harvesting is becoming more sustainable