01. supporting Ayacucho's local farmers

All year, every day! Our team of well-trained bio-engineers is on site to assist during sowing, harvesting and processing. They oversee the efficiency rate, find ways to optimize the agricultural process and assist the farmers in the certification process for organic production. Every farmer is visited at least 6 times per year.



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02. training program for youngsters

We believe strongly in these kids, this next generation is our future. That’s why we make the commitment to support JOVEM, a agricultural program specially for young ambitious people in the Ayacuchen Andes.

The program turns them into successful agricultural entrepreneurs. The key to succes? Sustainability based on biological agriculture! During the training we discuss several topics, such as sustainable soil management, the avoidance of erosion, sustainable water use, sorting, recycling, compost use, environment friendly pest management, business management, personal development, ect.

At the moment 100 youngsters were trained in Jovem. Way to go! 

We spend 25% (!) of our profits to our social projects.

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03. familias saludables

Solid Food acknowledges its responsibility to support the local community in Ayacucho. That’s why we take part in “Familias Saludables”, or "healthy families" in English.
Familias Saludables is a project to improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable poor families, living in the mountains of Ayacucho. We feel it’s our duty to play our part in creating a better life for these people. This includes their health and wellbeing in general, such as improving their housing, safe water consumption, better hygiene, improving the relationship between parents and children, ...
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More than 100 poor farmer families are assisted in Solid’s program “Familias Saludables”.
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04. climate neutral transport

We prevent 64.000 kg of CO2 emissions on an annual basis.

GoodShipping

Besides our sustainable co-operation with the quinoa farmers, we also want to contribute to a more sustainable ocean shipping.

Our contract with GoodShipping ensures that all Solid Food’s container ocean freight is climate neutral through the use of sustainable biofuels for container ships.

Our quinoa is transported from the port of Callao, Peru to Antwerp, Belgium on the basis of sustainable biofuel. As it concerns second generation biofuels, made from waste or residual flows, there is never any competition with food production. Indeed, there is no direct or indirect land use change and no deforestation or biodiversity loss.

How does it work?
Solid Food buys enough biofuel for the transport from Lima to Antwerp of more than 40 containers with quinoa per year. This biofuel is then sold to the shipping industry. In other words, the corresponding volume of fossil fuel is replaced with sustainable biofuel onboard a vessel that would have normally run completely on fossil fuels. Although we cannot guarantee that this biofuel will actually end up in the ship with our quinoa, we do send a clear signal to the ocean shipping industry: we want to ship our goods sustainably!

05. fairtrade

Fairtrade principles are in our DNA, already since Solid's start-up in 2007.
In 2020 Solid Food Peru obtained, as one of the first companies in Ayacucho, it's Peruvian fairtrade label of "Buenas Practicas de Comercio Justo".

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In order to get this certificate of “Fair Trade Good Practices”, we had to meet numerous criteria in following fields:
  • Paying a fair price to its suppliers enabling them to obtain an adequate profit.
  • Guarantee equal treatment to its workers, e.g. offering equal opportunities to women.
  • Offering capacity building to its workers and suppliers.
  • Promoting safe labor conditions.
  • Promoting eradication of child labor by raising awareness among farmers.
  • Respect the environment by using renewable sources and optimizing raw materials use.
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