WHO WE ARE
The Edakeni Muthi Futhi Trust is a multi-award winning community business based in Dakeni, a small village near Eshowe, Zululand, on the banks of the Tugela River. The Trust has an an office in Durban. We specialise in the cultivation, harvesting and processing of African medicinal plants. The vision driving the creation of the business was that of the late Isaac Banda, who had a passion both for the recognition of African traditional medicine, and for the empowerment of rural communities in KwaZulu-Natal.
Muthi Futhi cultivates a wide range of indigenous and other plants for use as ingredients for the manufacture of medicinal products, and for landscaping. We have 17 hectares currently under cultivation, and have a large plant nursery. Muthi Futhi strives to follow best practice in terms of environmental sustainability and compliance, good agricultural and collection practice, and all other regulatory requirements.
Muthi Futhi is independently verified as a level 1 B-BBEE enterprise (100% black-owned)
Awards - SAB Foundation Social Innovation Award 2012
SEED Award 2013
Green Fund grant 2013-16
EXCERPT ON MUTHI FUTHI, ‘AGAINST ALL ODDS’ BROADCAST ON ENCA FEBRUARY 2014
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We cultivate and harvest over 30 species of indigenous medicinal plants to supply bulk plant material to commercial customers in South Africa and internationally. Our top species are:
We also cultivate to order, and source plant material to order from other growers and suppliers in South Africa and the region.
We sell Moringa leaf powder both in bulk for manufacture and to individual customers. Minimum order 1kg.
We have a large propagation nursery on site, and produce indigenous plants and grasses for use by commercial landscapers in Kwa-Zulu-Natal. Species include a wide range of aloes.
Muthi Futhi works with several long-term partners including:
Traditional Doctor Lulama Masinga on plant research and product formulas
Industrial Development Corporation Social Enterprise Fund
Zuplex (Pty) Ltd. Muthi Futhi is the BBBEE shareholder in Zuplex, a company that manufactures and exports high-value plant extracts.
Full regulatory compliance, with the objective of environmental sustainability and protection of South Africa’s plant diversity, is core to our business. Muthi Futhi has held a bioprospecting / biotading permit from the Department of Enviromental Affairs since 2011. The current permit covers around 80 indigenous plant species. Muthi Futhi signs benefit Sharing Agreements and Material Transfer Agreements with both suppliers and customers, as appropriate.
Muthi Futhi works to comply with GACP principles in terms of cultivation, primary processing and packaging of all botanical material. The cultivation site is run on organic principles, without chemical inputs.