The organically managed land on the farms which Triodos Bank and Triodos Investment Management financed in 2021 could produce the equivalent of 34 million meals in 2021, enough food to provide a sustainable diet for approximately 31,000 people (2020:30,000). Together they financed approximately 33,000 hectares of organic farmland across Europe. This equates to farmland the size of a football pitch for every 13 customers, each one producing enough for 610 meals per year.
We also financed approximately 33,000 hectares of nature and conservation land (2020: 30,000 hectares), representing around 440m2 of nature and conservation land per customer. This land is important for the sequestration or absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere.
In 2021, over 38,000 smallholder farmers (2020: 35,000) in nine emerging market countries worldwide were paid directly and fairly upon delivery of their harvests as a result of the trade finance that Hivos-Triodos Fund provide to farmers’ cooperatives and agribusiness. Global logistical crisis causing delayed shipments due to the lack of containers, and exceptionally high coffee prices in the merchant market resulted in additional liquidity needs for part of our customers in 2021.
The farmers had 49,000 hectares of certified organic farmland under cultivation in 2021 (2020: 56,000). An additional approximately 5,800 (2020: 8,400) hectares was in conversion. The harvests brought 11 different fair-trade and organic products to international markets, including coffee, cocoa, rice, fruit juices and super foods. The amount of coffee exported in 2021 translates to 1.3 billion cups of coffee (2020: 1.7 billion). That is approximately 1,850 cups of coffee supported per Triodos Bank customer.