|06/12/2013||South America: Uphill battle for responsible soy, as demand grows||
Due to its high protein values and efficiency, soybean has become the number one source of protein for feeding cattle in Europe and China and is present as an ingredient in many everyday foods. Soy production has increased by 60% in the last 20 years and will sky-rocket in the next two decades towards 160 million hectares globally - forty times the surface of The Netherlands - as food production doubles to feed the world.
|06/05/2013||Brazil Farmers’ Union signs partnership to promote soybean certification||
A Farmers’ Union that represents more than 1000 producers in the Western State of Bahia, in Brazil, signed a partnership with Solidaridad and IDH (the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative) to promote the RTRS certification among their members.
|06/04/2013||Change that matters - 2012 Annual Report||
The global Solidaridad network is growing fast. More producers are supported, more investements are made and more business partners are choosing sustainable procurement practices. Read the Solidaridad network 2012 annual report.
|05/27/2013||Asia: Top soy producer China host RTRS conference, for the first time||
On 28 and 29 May, China is hosting the Roundtable of Responsible Soy (RTRS) annual conference under the theme; “Building Bridges for Responsible Soy.” The China Soybean Industry Association (CSIA) together with Solidaridad China and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) supported RTRS to prepare for the RT8 conference which is taking place in China.
|05/24/2013||Malawi project succeeds to improve yields for sugarcane farmers||
Solidaridad will be completing three years of work with smallholder sugarcane farmers in Malawi, together with its Implementing Partner, Concern Universal. The work is aimed at improving the livelihoods of farmers and workers in “the warm heart of Africa” as the country is also fondly known. Since the inception of the programme farmers have started to use fewer pesticides and less water in their production activities.
|05/17/2013||Bangladesh: Steps taken in garment sector, as death toll climbs in factory disaster||
The Bangladesh government has set up a panel of experts to raise the minimum wage for over 3 million garment sector workers in the aftermath of the country’s worst industrial disaster. The death toll in the Savar-Building collapse has now climbed to well above one thousand lives. Solidaridad encourages a much needed transition for the sector towards the promotion of ethical business and workplace safety.
|05/14/2013||Solidaridad cocoa programme in West Africa unites Ivorian farmers||
The cocoa sector in West Africa which collectively supplies more than 60 percent of the world’s cocoa, has been a subject of many studies and reports. These range from challenging social conditions for farmers to poor productivity. Notwithstanding these challenges the Cocoa Improvement Programme of Solidaridad in Duekoue, in the Ivory Coast is contributing something different to the lives of farmers in the sector – peace and social harmony.
|04/24/2013||East Africa: Fairtrade increase market access for thousands of coffee producers||
Coffee production in East and Central Africa by smallholders is known for its high quality and value in specialty markets. However, for these small-scale producers to take full advantage of the demand of the fair-trade market, they need more support. Coffee production in Ethiopia is critical for the country’s economy with about 25 percent of the population depending on the sector for their livelihood.
|04/12/2013||New programme for climate-smart agriculture in coffee||
Solidaridad starts a new programme for climate-smart production of coffee. In recent years pilot projects showed interesting opportunities in the coffee production in Latin America. Those opportunities can now be further explored with support from the Norwegian agency for development cooperation (Norad). The new three year programme was kicked off at the Specialty coffee association of America (April 11-14). While starting the new programme Solidaridad is looking for new partners in the...
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