Our coffee projects in the region prioritized initiatives to increase farmers access to productive resources to improve their productivity and profitability. In Kenya and Tanzania 56 coffee demonstration plots were established to enhance knowledge transfer. In Tanzania, 611,223 coffee seedlings were multiplied and distributed through our project supported on-station and farmer-managed nurseries. In Kenya and Uganda, farmers reported increased productivity from an average of 2 to 3.4 kg of cherry yield per tree resulting in increased incomes during the 2020/21 crop year.
Initiated collaboration with East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA) through our RECLAIM Sustainability! Programme. EATTA will facilitate the establishment of tea multi-stakeholder platforms (MSPs) in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Uganda to foster dialogue on sector challenges and sustained advocacy towards the development and/or implementation of policies and regulations to promote environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Cotton & textiles
In the Bottom-Up project, we reached 4,315 factory workers with environmental and social sustainability training to improve the working conditions in factories and improve ecological conservation.
Through our Better Mill Initiative and Green Tanning Initiative in Ethiopia, we worked with factory managers and workers champions to sensitize 45,065 factory workers on occupational health and safety resulting in improved working conditions.
Bulk trails for chrome-free leather production were successfully completed in Batu Tannery. The process aims to enhance cleaner/eco-friendly leather production, and to improve labor conditions and business management of tanneries in Ethiopia.
Twenty-six leather companies are now listed on the Ethiopean Leather Platform to enhance linkages with local and international markets.
Fruit & vegetables
One thousand horticulture growers are trained in financial literacy and business acumen in four counties (Nakuru, Bomet, Nyandarua and Kirinyaga) and 50 growers are linked with input financing providers in the potato and tomato value chains in Kenya.
Eighteen bean seeds multiplication demonstration sites were established and accessed by farmers in Uganda to enhance adoption of good practices (soil fertility management, good agronomy, crop treatment and control measures) in the value chain.
5,516,173 litres of milk were aggregated through three dairy hubs established in three cooperatives to enhance income diversification for coffee farmers. The hubs generated an equivalent of 1,558 thousand Euro in revenues. An additional three dairy collection centres (hubs) were established and benefited 1,195 farmers.
A baseline assessment on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) metrics was conducted in 10 project mines. A plan for mercury-free implementation, mercury-free/management, mercury-free flow sheet, geological data and mine profile summaries based on environmental, social and governance results was developed.
Co-creating solutions for sustainable impact
To achieve our vision, we work internally and externally, through our partners and communities. Our impact is realized by co-creating and promoting sustainable solutions, and is accelerated by the zeal among the communities we work with. Everyday, we work to drive sustainable development through four interconnected levels – Good Practices, Sustainable Business Ecosystems, Market Uptake and Enabling Policy Environment. Below are some of the key highlights of our work in 2022.
Most Significant Changes
A bright future for Kenyan Coffee
Gibson Kinyua and Faith Wambui are a husband and wife team with more than 20 years of experience farming coffee in Nyeri, Kenya. Joining Solidaridad’s ‘Food Security through Improved Resilience of Smallholder Coffee Farmers in Ethiopia and Kenya’ (FOSEK) has transformed their farming operation.
Our innovative solutions
Driving sustainable impact
Solidaridad is a key player in developing innovative solutions to bring sustainable production to speed and scale in our target commodities to drive economic growth. Our sustainable production approaches are achieved by integrating digital innovations to reduce asymmetric information and enhance transformative finance to facilitate business growth. We also champion inclusivity to empower women and youth throughout the supply chain and promote approaches that enhance climate-resilience and sustainable landscape management. Our key results for 2021 are highlighted below.
Organization & governance
A strong foundation
Fostering an inclusive and innovative work environment
2021 saw our organization recommit to goals for nourishing an inclusive, innovative, and enjoyable working environment. These efforts touched every element of our organizational foundation, from human resources and integrity structures to learning and partnership development.
The income for 2021 was EUR 7.4 million, an achievement of 96% of the budget. Despite the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and armed conflict in one of the countries, the main reason for this realisation was a wide range of fundraising and resource mobilisation strategies to attract funding for sustainable development initiatives.
The implementation expenditure on the ground for 2021 was Euro 7.4 million, Euro 2.7 million (58%) higher than the previous year.
The region has a reserve fund of Euro 1.0 million and plans to increase it by 10% annually. There was a surplus of euros thirteen thousand in 2021, and the table below shows the financial results for the year.
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