Annual Report 2020
A total of 475,782 farmers were reached with 383,026 hectares of land under sustainable management. We facilitated 19,181,865 MT of sustainable production and 150 estates, mines and factories adopted good practices
Together, 50,000 farmers, through a federated model, now own the Village Super Market; a market transformative initiative. A total of 1,531 producer groups were promoted and 630 rural entrepreneurs supported.
Policy environment and sustainable landscape
Twenty policy recommendations made to public and private stakeholders across 37 multi-stakeholder platforms.
More than 12,000 women dairy farmers were empowered with digital technologies to have better control on revenue earned.
A deep dive
We brought together experts across sectors, value chains, and professions to deliver tailored and comprehensive programming. A multitude of partnerships and collaboration enabled the achievement of targets, despite Covid-19 challenges.
Pushing the envelope
We doubled down on our commitments to integrate gender inclusivity, and balance economic development with environmental preservation. Digital innovations were leveraged to engage and connect smallholders, while also bridging gaps created by Covid-19 restrictions.
Most significant changes
The Digital Gateway to Empower Women Dairy Farmers
Dairy farming is a prominent source of income generation for the rural communities in Bangladesh. It is estimated that the smallholders in Bangladesh produce 90 per cent of the milk sold locally. Despite the high production, much of the milk produced is however sold in the informal market, without reaping a remunerative profit for the farmers. And a vast majority of these small dairy farmers in Bangladesh are women.
Protiva Biswas of the Shinga village in Dumuria sub-district of Khulna region has grown her dairy business from strength to strength over the past decade, but not without her share of challenges.
Rejuvenating the Ganges
The Ganga in India is the third largest river in the world. The sacred river is however considered to be one of the most polluted water bodies worldwide, strewn around which are several cities, including Kanpur. Renowned as an export powerhouse for leather products, the tannery sector in Kanpur has lately been in the limelight as the primary source of industrial pollution of the Ganga. The various processes of tanning like washing, liming, fleshing, splitting and finishing involve high use of various chemicals, thus posing formidable environmental risks. It also has an adverse impact on the socio-economic wellbeing of the entire ecosystem.
A PATHWAY TO PROMOTE REGIONAL SUSTAINABILITY AND TRADE IN PALM OIL
Palm oil is the most consumed oil in the world, and production is only increasing across Asia. In 2016, Solidaridad launched the Asian Sustainable Palm oil Network (ASPN) to create a space for negotiation and support industry actors to discuss issues linked to domestic vegetable oil market in India and China.
Organization & governance
A strong foundation
Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, we were able to pivot and work with team members and partners to achieve the targets set out.
Fundraising initiatives in the Asia region has been largely successful despite the impact of Covid. Through the year we have adopted a proactive approach to fundraising. We have been able to raise funds locally (Idea Vodafone) for Smart Agriculture and internationally (USAID, SDGP). Our reflection of success in fundraising highlights that it is critical to provide an innovative approach, method, tool or process to the donors. Productization of processes or development of products for social change helps in articulating the benefits and is easier for the donors to understand the concepts. Proactive identification of issues and development of concept notes prior to any call for proposals helps in finding right donors and reduces the time in development of proposals.
Impact of Covi-19 was predominantly visible. While there were many proposals that were submitted for emergency Covid response, we couldn’t convert it to substantial projects. Our collaboration with the Dole Foods suffered as businesses were hit and is yet to recover.