Sustainable Sourcing Program for Spices – India

Project characteristics

Location: India (17 districts located in five Indian States: Karnataka, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh) – Ecoregions: Deccan plateau, Eastern Ghats, Thar desert

Commodities: 4 main crops : chili, cumin, coriander and turmeric

Scale: 859 farms (~4,5k cultivated ha) for 2020-2021 activities

Start & end date: Start in April 2018, no planned end date

Project phase: Proof of concept

Farming Model: Established large farms & smallholders

Type of sourcing: Indirect sourcing from India based spice processors

Key partners: NGOs: Sustainable Agriculture Network (international), Association for Stimulating Know-How (local)

Project details

Description: Engage suppliers, farms and communities in Sustainable Sourcing schemes and strategies to strengthen consumers’ trust in the ethical attributes to our spices sourcing. 4 goals: resilient livelihoods (profits), environmental sustainability of farms, safe living & working conditions and workers rights & non-child labor

Restoration actions: Farmer support (access to support mechanisms, crop diversification to diversify revenues); keep carbon in the soil (tillage practices, addition of organic matter); farm biodiversity (practices for sediment capture and soil retention e.g. incorporation of organic matter), reduce agro-chemical inputs (fertilizer applications according to a plan based on soil characteristics & plant needs, pesticide applications within and IPM framework), increase capacity of soils to keep water (addition of organic matter)

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