Today we release our 2017 Annual Report which demonstrates how Solidaridad is partnering with a range of players to contribute to a future that is robust, resilient and inclusive for all.
In 2017, we reached 485,000 farmers, producers and miners through our interventions. We are proud that we have been able to cooperate closely with so many people to make their production more sustainable and inclusive, often in combination with making it more profitable.
Key highlights include:
Across South and South-East Asia, Solidaridad promoted the adoption of climate-smart agriculture practices across 380,000 hectares of land and this led to an overall decrease in the use of agro-chemicals. Across multiple commodities in the region, farmers experienced production increases from 15% in sugar to 50% in soy.
In our global sugar programme, through the implementation of good agricultural practices including drip irrigation, trash mulching, use of biocontrols, and proper land preparation, a total of 27 billion litres of water was saved.
In South America, we strengthened our ties with organizations working against deforestation and built knowledge on sustainable approaches and low-carbon agriculture.
In the Ganges River basin in India, a partnership was launched between agro-chemical companies Stahl and PUM, Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam and the Indian leather industry association. This will reduce pollution levels from effluent water, creating a safer environment for 250,000 workers and cleaner water for 30,000 smallholder farmers who depend on this for agricultural production.
Worldwide, we have seen the demand for digital solutions increasing. In our sugarcane programme with Raízen (ELO), we assisted 2,100 farms with the development of a tested mobile application for extension officers. In cotton and textiles, QuizRR provided digital training for factory workers on issues such as labour rights, worker engagement, and wage management. These digital tools helped brands support the capacity development of their suppliers.
By making production more resilient to climate change, promoting better use of agro-chemicals, limited water use and better crop management, and taking the needs of women and youth into account, future generations will also benefit.
Read a detailed account of the results in our Annual Report 2017.