In 2018, we supported over 672,000 farmers, workers and miners to adopt good practices and more than 450 companies to adopt good environmental and social practices. This covered 1.6 milion hectares of land worldwide, and improved the working conditions of more than 110,000 workers in factories, mines and large- and small-scale agricultural estates.
We follow three main strategies to support the adoption of good practices at scale: 1. entering into regional multi-stakeholder partnerships, platforms and public private partnerships to allow for dissemination of best practices 2. using digital solutions to allow faster access to knowledge and support at scale 3. enabling impact investment to move beyond grant-based support and allow for sustainable financial support.
Our robust infrastructure intervention strategy is aimed at providing and enhancing producers’ access to the necessary services, inputs, knowledge, capital and markets.
We distinguish three approaches: 1. developing new service infrastructure 2. expanding the service portfolio of existing producer organizations and cooperatives. Producer groups and cooperatives have an important role to play in aggregating demand for services and inputs. They also aggregate supply, thereby creating important economies of scale for small-scale producers. 3. strengthening existing national extension services to embrace new support methodology and proven concepts. The outreach potential of these extension services is large, however it takes time and effort to mobilize such agencies to change their curricula, while the actual implementation depends largely on their own capacity and willingness to invest. In 2018, we directly supported service providers in the various ways described above. These service providers included individual entrepreneurs, SMEs, producer groups, cooperatives and extension agencies. This increased access to inputs, knowledge, credits and other agri-services for about 190,000 producers
Enabling policy environment
To enable the policy environment, Solidaridad employs three approaches for policy engagement. The approach we take depends on the context, the existing relationship between decision makers and stakeholders, and the sensitivity of the issue being addressed.
The three approaches are to: 1. empower and build networks. We enable civil society, producer organizations and local government authorities to have meaningful participation and contribute to the dialogue by improving their knowledge and understanding, negotiation skills and resources. 2. advise and support. We provide knowledge, advice and practical tools to public and private decision makers to improve policy making and enforcement. 3. convene in dialogue. We establish multi-stakeholder platforms and other forms of dialogue. Bringing together key stakeholders in dialogue in order to increase mutual understanding and recognition, and to identify opportunities to commit to joint action to address (pre-competitive) sustainability issues. In 2018, we convened, participated and joined stakeholders in about 100 multi-stakeholder platforms to discuss and define required policy frameworks. We directed our support to a diverse range of stakeholders, the majority being producer and local civil society organizations, but also grassroots and governmental institutions.
We address landscape issues by bringing together stakeholders with different points of view who are either contributing to, or experiencing the consequences of, these problems. The landscape solutions explored and piloted with local communities and stakeholders are related to water management, deforestation and land degradation.
In 2018, both on farms and across the landscapes where we work, we were able to improve management practices over 1.6 million hectares of land. We brought together 120 stakeholders and piloted a wide variety of landscape solutions.