Securing future sourcing and boosting economic growth in producing countries
The spice market is under increasing pressure. Growing consumer and commercial demand for spices and the shifting of spice farmers to the production of other commodities are important factors. Moreover, there is a growing awareness of sustainability issues in the spice sector and the need to address them. These issues include loss of biodiversity, overuse of chemicals and pesticides, water use, and lack of access to finance.  
To secure the supply of authentic, natural and sustainable spices, the Sustainable Spices Initiaitive (SSI) was founded. SSI is a sector wide consortium, founded by four leading players in the Dutch spices market – Euroma, Intertaste, Verstegen and Unispices.
IDH pioneerd in the formation of this initiative and many more valuable partners have joined. Together with other public and private partners they actively work towards making the production and trade of spices more sustainable.
 For more information, visit the SSI website
The SSI aims to have 20% of all EU imports of pepper (black and white) as well as 10% of the volumes of three other spices sustainably produced by 2015.  The main focus is on 7 high-volume/high-value spices: pepper, chili, turmeric, ginger, vanilla, cloves and cinnamon.
Program at a glance
Impact on MDGs
 Key indicators
# farmers certified
# ha land used sustainably
20% of Western European black and white pepper supply sustainably produced 
Sustainable economic growth
Increasing market supply of authentic, natural and sustainable spices will boost the economies of main export countries Indonesia, Vietnam and India. 
Private sector development
Gaining access to premium international markets by developing standards of spices and herbs. 
Economic empowerment
A strong market incentive for improved practices and the development of longer term business relations with buyers will strengthen the position of spice farmers. 
Importance for Europe
The Netherlands is number 3 importer and number 2 exporter in Europe. The sector has an annual turnover of approximately 41,000 tons. 
Duration: 2011 - 2015
Private partners
Civil Society Partners
Active in:
 € 1,2 M (IDH € 950 K)