The volumes of tropical fruit and vegetables, such as bananas, pineapples, green beans and avocados, that are sourced on the basis of meeting social and environmental conditions has risen significantly from 50 to 70% in one year. This is what has emerged from the 2017 annual monitoring of the Sustainability Initiative Fruit and Vegetables (SIFAV). For example, for consumers, it means on average two out of three mangoes.
Hear more about the Sustainable Vanilla Initiative in the latest episode of the IDH podcast.
In the following video, four members of the Sustainability Initiative Fruit and Vegetables (SIFAV) share how the initiative has helped them to integrate sustainability agendas into their businesses.
SVZ and Firmenich join forces with the Sustainable Juice Covenant
The IDH landscape program in Ethiopia financed and supported 48 smallholder fruit and vegetable farmers around Lake Ziway in GLOBALG.A.P. certification earlier this year. It was the first time that vegetable farmers received such certification for their products in Ethiopia. The farmers will now sell their produce at a premium price to among others the Ethiopian Airlines. Work is underway to certify more farmers in the region and to scale up the project further.
Fresh Del Monte, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated producers, marketers and distributors of fresh and prepared produce, joined the Sustainability Initiative Fruit and Vegetables Program of the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), confirming their commitment to the 100% sustainability target.
Huynh Tien Dung, former Team Leader of Sustainable Landscapes Component, VFD for SNV in Vietnam has been appointed as IDH Vietnam Country Director. In this capacity he succeeds Flavio Corsin who is currently the Aquaculture Director and HR manager at IDH HQ in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
IDH is proud to announce that Andre Dellevoet former Group CEO for the Agricultural Business Initiative in Uganda is IDH its senior Africa strategist. With his extensive experience in various African countries, working with partners such as AGRA, BMGF and SNV and numerous bilateral and multilateral agencies he is a great asset to IDH
The latest issue of Fruit Juice Focus, a magazine for the fruit juice industry, features our initiative for 100% sustainable juice by 2030.
The Floriculture Sustainability Initiative, one of IDH's sector coalitions, welcomes Dutch bank Rabobank as new industry member.
Team to provide agriculture recovery to North Eastern Madagascar in response to Tropical Cyclone ENAWO
IDH, through the Sustainable Vanilla Initiative, together with the International Labor Office start the project 'SAVA-BE' in the vanilla sector. A project to supporting sustainable and child labor free vanilla growing communities in Sava.
ITC Spices worked with IDH to understand the impact of their service delivery model (SDM) investments on chili pepper farms in India. The analysis showed positive return on investment for both the farmer and ITC. On average, a farmer in an ITC program experienced a 42% increase in income compared with a non-ITC farmer.
The Sustainable Vanilla Initiative has developed a program with CARE to support vanilla communities in Madagascar in their recovery from Tropical Cyclone ENAWO.
Leading European beverage and food companies have joined forces and formed a coalition aiming for 100% sustainable juice and puree by 2030.
IDH supporting Barry Callebaut and Prova's joint project empowering vanilla farmers.
In the last months, the project partners and FSI members have been working together to finalise the measuring protocol and get some first experiences on gathering the data.
Last week in Paris there was an exciting event on Vanilla with 80% of the industry and 11 representatives from Madagascar. The participants agreed to sign a cooperation agreement for the coming 3 years to work on professionalization of the sector, farmer income improvements, quality and market stability.
There is business in sustainability; increasingly consumers are aware of sustainability issues, find these important, and even make it play a part in their purchasing decisions. But apparently, companies do not yet sufficiently know how to tell their sustainability story. That is the topic of Sustainable Business Network’s Fiona Stephenson’s blog post of this week.
Volkert Engelsman, CEO of EOSTA @IDH_buzz workshop at MVO NYE: the current way we produce food is criminal
Mondelēz Intl. establishes new partnership to protect forests in Ghana https://t.co/bq7LtZVFrz