What we do?
Solidagro focuses on strengthening the agro-ecological movement: we promote agroecology as a model for sustainable agriculture and societies.
Solidagro strives for the right to food for everyone. We make constant efforts to improve food security for farmers in remote rural areas in the South.
Of the 870 million people suffering from hunger, two-thirds are farmers. These farmers are often the most vulnerable members of society. Because of the demand for land to be used for the large-scale cultivation of export crops, they often have to live and work on the least fertile soils. They have little or no access to markets, capital, or seeds, or are extremely dependent on powerful middlemen.
Our projects in the South
Together with the farmers in our working regions and our local partners, we work on concrete solutions through:
- Initiatives to construct vegetable gardens, water wells, irrigation systems, or also to create seed banks and to introduce carefully selected crops.
Stimulating the creation of farmers' organisations, with strong leaders. To work together on food security and to achieve political change.
Encouraging local farmers to create cooperatives for them to purchase materials collectively (e.g. seeds, fertilisers, machines, etc.) or to sell their harvested crops at a better price.
Offering training in sustainable fertilisation techniques, vegetable growing, healthy food, and how to run a business, such as a cooperative rice mill.
Our projects in Belgium
We want to use our experiences in the South to contribute to greater North-South solidarity within our own country. That is why we organise youth exchanges in collaboration with Dwagulu Dekkente, and offer training sessions on a wide range of topics. Additionally, we organise and facilitate long-term school projects about sustainable agriculture. Moreover, we work with volunteers and support social networks of agroecologically-minded people. These and many more are just a few of our activities in Belgium.
Solidagro operates from the base. We are able to ensure the sustainability of our projects because we make sure that all our projects are supported by the local farmers themselves. In other words, local farmers manage their activities and investments themselves. To improve the sustainability and efficiency of our projects, we also see to it that our partners in each of their respective countries come together locally and also visit each other's projects abroad. Through this exchange of ideas and these networking opportunities, they continually learn from each other and gain new ideas. Additionally, we operate on a local level and work with volunteers and schools in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium .