The organically managed land on the farms which Triodos Bank and Triodos Investment Management financed in 2017 could produce the equivalent of 30 million meals in 2017, or enough food to provide a sustainable diet for approximately 27,000 people (2016: 29,000).
Together they financed approximately 32,000 hectares of organic farmland across Europe. This means one football-pitch sized piece of farmland for every 13 customers, each one producing enough for 550 meals per year.
We also financed 31,000 hectares of nature and conservation land (2016: 28,000 hectares), representing around 450m2 of nature and conservation land per customer.
Over 146,000 smallholder farmers (2016: 184,000) in 17 emerging market countries worldwide were paid directly and fairly upon delivery of their harvest in 2017, as a result of the trade finance that Triodos Sustainable Trade Fund provides to farmers’ cooperatives and agribusinesses. In 2017 the clients of the fund had 60,000 hectares of certified organic farmland under cultivation (2016: 98,000). An additional 17,000 hectares was in conversion (2016: 37,000) – an important number because it takes time before conventional farmland is ready to be certified organic.
These farmers’ harvest that is brought to international markets, consists of 12 different fair trade and organic products, such as cocoa, coffee, oils and quinoa. The amount of coffee exported in 2017 translates to 2.6 billion cups of coffee. That is approximately 3.800 cups of coffee supported per customer.