Solidaridad’s RECLAIM Sustainability! programme is collaborating with Malawi tea producers as they face new challenges and prepare to transform the country’s tea sector. Through technology and automation, Malawi hopes to inspire other southern African countries as it makes plans to implement a comprehensive tea sector overhaul.
Pragati, a sustainable castor project implemented by Solidaridad in India, has successfully completed its seventh year. After promoting the certification of more than 7,000 castor farmers in over 100 villages, the initiative has moved into its third phase. Pragati remains committed to sustainable farming practices and effective water resource management, along with an increased focus on the specific needs of women castor farmers.
Solidaridad, planetGOLD Peru, and the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Peru co-organized a panel at Perumin36 to explore how financial inclusion can contribute to the development of the ASM sector, and share positive examples that can be replicated by others.
The criticism of CO2 compensation programmes continues unabated. The market is full of fake certificates, as reported by ZEIT and the Guardian. One is inclined to label the entire market as ineffective. But there are counter-examples: the Acorn CO2 trading platform is turning coffee farmers into climate heroes. Our colleagues at Solidaridad Europe went to see for themselves how the project is being implemented on the ground in Colombia and to meet the farmers who have received their first payment.
Within the foreseeable future almost every cotton producing region will be negatively affected by climate change. And smallholder farmers living in poverty because of low cotton prices will not be able to adapt fast enough to ensure reliable production, reveals the latest Cotton Paper.
Tanzanian leatherworkers showcased their work at Africa’s premier convention on innovation and scientific development. As part of Solidaridad’s two-year programme to support business development in southern Africa, the Bulawayo Leather Cluster has improved its efficiency and is committed to establishing new markets for its leather products.
Popular global commodities such as coffee, palm oil, and beef are closely tied to deforestation. As our need and desire for goods continues to grow, forests around the world feel the pressure. Yet, these same forests are critical for the ecosystem services they provide and for helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. Finding a balance between production and responsible stewardship relies on monitoring and traceability tools, which allow us to develop an accurate understanding of these important landscapes.
Cashews are a high value crop that can provide for a sustainable livelihood, but the harvesting and processing can be dangerous. During the shelling process, the nuts produce a liquid that can cause skin burns. A new cashew processing factory is helping female processors improve safety and productivity.
Solidaridad has developed a tool called Harvest Alert that will help reduce farmer income loss in Ghana by streamlining the process of collecting and transporting fresh fruit bunches.
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Innovative approaches to water and land-use are changing agriculture in Bangladesh. Young farmers, like Tania and Rubel, have seen a profound effect.
Through a fruit and vegetable planting programme started by Solidaridad and two partners in 2019, Orlando Chapotera diversified his tobacco farm, affording him and his family with tangible gains in a previously unprofitable business.
The importance of medicinal plants and derivatives is growing rapidly with human progress in pharmaceutical fields. These plants are a potential source of bio-molecules that play a major role in modern medicine in the treatment of diseases like cancer, diabetes and hypertension among others. The demand for medicinal herbs is increasing thanks in part to a reputation for fewer side effects. They are also considered to be a cost-effective means of developing new and breakthrough drugs.