Establishing a new norm
The year 2022 was about setting a new norm and many firsts! Solidaridad’s first regenerative agriculture certification paved the path for securing the health of the land in an economically viable way for the farmers in 5 commodities covering the four Asian countries. Solidaridad’s in-house developed QR code-based farm-to-cup traceability solution by the name of Soli-Trace was introduced to Indian tea consumers. And for the first time, at the initiative of Solidaridad, five major Asian palm oil consuming countries came together to form the Asian Palm Oil Alliance to work on sustainable palm oil consumption.
In 2022 we successfully lobbied for 69,933 ha of Guatemalan protected areas through RSPO remediation and compensation. In Nicaragua 3,348 producers diversified income through coffee carbon markets and an integrated cocoa-livestock model. In Honduras we implemented a traceability model for 200 coffee farmers and advocated to address fair value distribution through the National Coffee Policy.
Re-calibrating the resilience of smallholders
To catalyze sustainable production systems and reimagine value-addition opportunities, Solidaridad East and Central Africa worked closely with demand- and supply-side actors raising awareness and pushing for inclusive policies, good practices, fair value distribution, decent work, gender and social inclusion, and market access, among others.
Working towards systemic change
Europe is highly dependent on trade for its daily needs. Europe is supplied by billions of small farmers, miners and workers in agricultural, industrial and services sectors elsewhere. European companies and governments show little interest in defending the rights of stakeholders outside Europe. Solidaridad tries to make small farmers’ and workers’ voices from across the globe heard in Europe.
New grants, more impact
Given policy shifts on climate action and sustainability, Solidaridad was recognized for its cutting-edge solutions on climate, equity and decent work. Amazonia Connect, Solidaridad’s largest grant outside the European Union, was approved by USAID. Various tech companies engaged with us to address transparency, traceability and impact in the minerals space
Carbon credits for farmers
Carbon credits are becoming an important incentive to introduce smallholders to low-carbon agriculture. It increases farmers’ productivity and protects native forests. In 2022, we secured more than 6M EUR to scale access to the Acorn Platform, through which 80% of the carbon credits’ value returns to the farmer: an interesting proposition within voluntary markets.
The Southern Africa team managed to enhance dialogues on policy issues affecting the cotton, tea and Africa foods supply chains and initiate the implementation of a good practices standard in Mozambique. Kitovu, our digital technology hub, continues to design, test and deploy digital solutions across sub-Saharan Africa.
We leveraged strategic partnerships and digital tools to increase supply chain transparency and market access for smallholders. We successfully lobbied and advocated for sustainable practices and policies that improve the livelihood of farmers and gold producers. Our advocacy work led to the passing of two land bills in Sierra Leone and the adoption of a new pricing arrangement in Ghana.
2022 at a glance
In everything we do, we put farmers at the center. In the end, our interventions need to have a direct positive effect on their livelihoods, contributing to thriving communities. That’s why we are so proud that nearly a million small-scale farmers have seen a concrete increase in their income as a result of our work, in addition to being able to improve the working conditions for one million people working in agricultural-related supply chains and mining.
Change that Matters Stories
Farming for a better livelihood
Bibek Sen is a small-scale farmer with a 1.6 acre tea garden he inherited from his father in Maynaguri taluka of Jalpaiguri district, North Bengal, India. He’s committed to improving his tea from the ground up and focused on soil health to boost quality and attract a higher price.
Meet Panchito: a resilient coffee farmer
Since he began farming, José Francisco Villada, better known as Panchito, has been committed to improving the quality of his coffee. Whether through his cooperative, learning with trainers or using digital tools, he works hard to learn, grow and share his knowledge with others.
Mary: A leader building her business in coffee
Mary Wairimu Oloo, who lives in Kenya’s Trans Nzoia County, moved back to her family’s coffee farm after retiring from a government role. Since then she has been diligently improving productivity on the farm, diversifying her income and helping others along the way.
Co-shaping farmer centered policies
In its current form, the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive fails to consider the issues experienced by millions of smallholder farmers at the beginning of agricultural value chains worldwide. How can this potentially ground-breaking directive better equip companies in Europe to support smallholders to become part of a more sustainable value chain?
Bolstering Women in Agri-business
Women make up almost fifty percent of the global agricultural labour force, but they are still a minority group in terms of land ownership, participation in decision making entities and access to credit and financial services. In this article, we showcase Gloria Mafojane, who became a full-time farmer after working as a seamstress for years.
Cultivating Resilient Cocoa through Agroforestry
For generations, removing non-cocoa trees was standard practice when establishing cocoa farms in Côte d’Ivoire. Conventional wisdom saw trees, no matter the species, as an obstacle to productive farms. Perceptions are changing as the Cocoa Rehabilitation and Intensification Programme (CORIP) introduces the benefits of agroforestry practices to cocoa farmers.
Facing Climate Change Head on in the Chaco
Lucía Ruíz is the leader of Unión y Progreso, a farmer association in the Argentine Chaco biome. Lucia builds with neighbouring farmers a sustainable cattle supply chain in harmony with the forest. Her social and silvopastoral practices do not get unnoticed, as she speaks in regional, national as well as international fora on climate, forest land rights, women empowerment, and livestock as a business.
A Sugarcane Farmer Finding New Avenues for Income
Swati Sanjay Pavale is a small-scale sugarcane farmer in the Maharashtra region of India. Recently, she has found new ways to produce more sugarcane in an environmentally-friendly way, while also boosting her income.
Seven years of improving sugarcane production
Sugarcane is one the main crops in Mexico and Central America. That’s why Solidaridad’s regional initiative PanameriCaña has worked to build capacity to improve and increase sugarcane production, improve working conditions, and support regional certification sustainably and inclusively.
Unlocking Smallholder Productivity in dairy
We piloted innovative, climate-smart business models through the Dairy 2025: Catalyst for Business Driven and Climate-Smart Dairy Farming project. Hamisi Kumba Alawi, a dairy farmer from Tanzania’s Mkinga District is one of more than 2,000 smallholders increasing their productivity by adopting these good practices
Local Radio Personality and Shea Nut Collector
The Yipielgu community in the Northern region of Ghana is in the heart of the region’s shea parkland where collection and processing of the valuable nuts provides a lifeline to many families. An innovative radio programme is helping people in Yipielgu and surrounding communities improve their practices and livelihoods.
Increasing Digital Adoption
For 75 year-old avocado farmer Godson Kalolo technical assistance has been the key to growing from a smallholder into an entrepreneur, harvesting 18 tonnes of avocado and delivering to a major supermarket chain.
Julia: A Woman in Mining
Over 5,100 metres above sea level, among strong winds and falling snow, we can find Julia Pomalique. She works in the mountains performing pallaqueo, an artisanal and ancestral way of mining, work now done mainly by women. Thanks to this activity, she and more than 250 women in her association can sustain themselves and their families. She’s a pallaquera and she’s proud of it. However, Julia knows that with that name comes prejudice and systemic discrimination.
Organization & Governance
HR development and learning
Focus on inclusivity and integrity
The Solidaridad Network is supported by a secretariat in the Netherlands. The secretariat works on synergy and alignment within the network on HR, Integrity, Learning, Communications, Finance, and PMEL. Next to our shared strategy, the policies and collaboration in these areas bind the network together and make it strong.
A record revenue
The overall revenue of Solidaridad in 2022 was 68.9 million Euros, against a total direct expenditure of 64 million (excluding money transfers from one region to another). Thanks to newly secured funding, the revenue was Euro 13.9 million higher than the secured budget of Euro 55 million.
N.B: all figures are pre-auditing.