Solutions for food distribution and production
(a) For the Third World
(a) For the West
Benefits of helping Less Developed Countries to develop agriculture
Examples of environmentally sustainable agriculture and fairer trade
The International Society for Ecology and Culture, which has branches in the UK and USA, has established a project at Ladakh in Tibet to help local farmers create an alternative to plantation-type growing, which is heavily dependent on agrichemicals. Farmers are now using organic methods and local varieties of crops.
Oxfam is involved in a number of projects. In Haiti it is helping to establish co-operatives to enable small scale coffee growers to sell their produce at a fair price. Oxfam also instigated a Coffee Rescue Plan to help growers in many different countries. It has asked major coffee roasters Nestle, Starbucks, Sara Lee (Douwe Egberts) and Proctor & Gamble to buy Fair Trade Certified coffee. In Brazil it is helping a community at Ludovico to make a viable industry out of the local Baba or Babacu nuts. For more information see www.maketradefair.com