We support small farmers and producers in the southern hemisphere with knowledge and technology to help them establish more efficient water management.
Micro-irrigation systems: Together with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and other retailers, as part of a joint sustainability project we have fitted more than 30,000 rural households in India, Africa and Central America with modern micro-irrigation systems. These can also be used to irrigate small areas of 20 square metres or more. Smallholders who use the systems can save water, increase productivity and work with self-produced, organic fertilizers.
Training courses: Naturally, we train the farmers in the use of the systems and the production of the fertilizer. Such irrigation systems have enabled numerous smallholders to produce fruit and vegetables for the local market in their own gardens. In addition to the income from the sale of their Fairtrade products to us, this gives them an extra income that helps assure them of food security.