Annual Report 2020
In 2020, 29,220 smallholders adopted Roundtable on Responsible Soy Association principles. 48 service providers have achieved self-sustenance, and there was a 28 percent increase in women in decision-making positions.
Fruit & vegetables
A total of 2,252 farmers are implementing good practices in PFC Fruits and Vegetables, and 24 service providers have achieved self-sustenance, servicing 1,116 smallholder farmers.
2020 saw a 68 percent increase in women in decision-making positions, and 435 smallholder farmers obtaining loans from 18 credit service providers.
A deep dive
In 2020, we grew our impact not only in quantity, by reaching more farmers and engaging more stakeholders, but also in quality by emphasizing inclusivity and helping women break down barriers in traditionally male-dominated sectors.
Innovating and adapting
Throughout our innovation areas, teams delivered on creative visions, increasing gender inclusion and using digital tools to make critical agricultural services more accessible.
Most significant changes
The journey towards good agricultural practices to compete in a high-value market
The Farmer2Market project makes use of technology, networking, cluster approach, as well as extension services. Farmers who have been linked to markets by the project include Mrs. Nomxolisi Mathe, who was trained on the LocalG.A.P checklist. In 2019, the Solidaridad team facilitated a market contract between Mrs. Mathe and Yukon International Pty Ltd (Yukon). Yukon (located in the Gauteng Province), a global leader in speciality vegetables and microgreens, specializes in the daily shipment of high-quality fresh baby vegetables and microgreens. Yukon was interested to work with entrepreneurial smallholder farmers participating in the Farmer2Market project.
Sustainable livestock management improves smallholder farmer livelihoods and landscapes in Zambia
A group of 52 young women and men from Mazabuka Province have been awarded certificates for completing training in hand leathercraft as a way of adding value and improving income at the household level. They have already started selling the leather and some of the proceeds they made were reinvested into village banking. Through village banking, there has been increased access to finance, aggregated funding for investment, and reduced loan default.
Business acumen improves sugarcane smallholder farmers’ productivity
Solidaridad partnered with ILLOVO-NOODSBERG and SEZELA, the local mills to which the growers supply sugarcane, as well as AGRI-IQ an accredited training provider to offer the growers an innovative and practical training approach. The focus of the training was equipping the growers and the service providers with essential business understanding and financial management skills as well as good agricultural practices through gamified learning tools and case studies.
Organization & governance
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we relied on collaboration, creativity, and commitment from all team members to deliver results while ensuring a safe environment for all team members and stakeholders. We also continued building meaningful partnerships and engaging proactively in communications to elevate discussions.