Afghanistan’s ‘red gold’, saffron is the world’s most lucrative spice. Since ancient times, saffron has been widely used not only in cooking, but also in medicine and cosmetics. Rich in vitamin B and C, it is a powerful antioxidant that has been dubbed a ‘vitamin bomb’ by health experts. It should come as no surprise: Each saffron crocus flower produces just three stigmas, and it takes 100,000 flowers to yield one kilogram of spice.
During its ten-year journey, The Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative - FBMI, FBMI has put women-led sustainability at the forefront of its mission. We have traveled across Afghanistan and built trusting relationships with hard-working, vulnerable female farmers.