According to the Fairtrade Foundation 2013 , small farmers produce more than 70% of the world’s food supply, but surprisingly enough they represent over 50% of the world’s hungriest and poorest people. This is the result of an unfair and inequitable trade system that provides with no opportunities for these farmers. They are vulnerable being trapped in a cycle of poverty – this unbalanced global food system prevents them lifting up from poverty and improving their livelihoods. Therefore, it is essential for small farmers to be empowered in order to ensure a fair social and economical situation for them while preserving and conserving the environment!
Farmers’ empowerment is an important instrument for agricultural and community development. It focuses on developing small farmer livelihoods while using organic and sustainable agricultural practices. Expressly, it is about improving farmer skills through training and continuous learning while teaching them how to use their resources in a more efficient way, and to obtain high quality, organic and sustainable outputs.
As defined by Wallerstein 1992, empowerment is a social-action process that promotes participation of people, organizations, and communities towards the goals of increased individual and community control, political efficacy, improved quality of community life, and social justice.
In other words, empowerment is the proactive process of increasing the capacity of individuals to understand, support and continuously learn in order to make the optimal choices that will improve their livelihood of themselves or community.
At Natural Habitats, empowerment is part of the business core values. The group focuses on improving farmers’ livelihood in a fair and ethical way by ensuring good working conditions, guidance, support when required, and paying premium prices. Farmers are encouraged to switch their conventional production practices into organic, sustainable and fair-trade practices. This involves farming ecologically and using non-renewable resources effectively to grown nutritious food while learning about organic compost, environmental stewardship, and biodiversity conservation.
In Ecuador, different empowerment programs have been developed to benefit farmers, communities and workers:
Improving the livelihood in a fair and ethical way (Learn more about it here );
Training and offering proactive support to our farmers (Learn more about it here );
Driving community development (Learn more about it here) .
Half of an avocado
250 ml fresh orange juice.
Natural Products Expo is largest and the most important trade show on the east coast and Natural Habitats is delighted to be a part of it;
Natural Habitats is eager to meet, connect and engage with like-minded businesses and customers that share our credo of sustainable and organic production for a more responsible and social world;
Natural Habitats is excited to see the mixture of different cultures at the Natural Products Expo and learn more about their heritage and typical products;
We are really excited to showcase our Natural Habitats products on our booth (number #2222) and to hear your opinion about them using the hashtags #nh #redpalmoilnh.