Going carbon-negative: TerViva establishes world-first organic pongamia bean supply chain in India
By Pearly Neo
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In August, alternative protein firm TerViva announced the world’s first organic and Fair for Life pongamia bean supply chain in India, with aims to tap into consumer demands for plant-based and sustainable products.
Although it is based in the United States, TerViva has opted to establish its new world-first organic and fair trade pongamia supply chain in India primarily due to the tree’s long history in the country as well as the massive potential benefits for local communities.
“Pongamia trees are indigenous and well-known to the Indian subcontinent [where they are often for land restoration] due to their resilience to flood and drought conditions, ability to sequester carbon and replenish soil health,” TerViva Founder and CEO Naveen Sikka told FoodNavigator-Asia.
“[We have now] established a network of local farmers [in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha] to provide a secure, socially responsible and transparent supply chain of pongamia beans."