The organically managed land on the farms which Triodos Bank and Triodos Investment Management financed in 2019 could produce the equivalent of 31 million meals in 2019, or enough food to provide a sustainable diet for approximately 28,000 people (2018: 29,000). Together they financed approximately 34,000 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 (2018: 30,000 hectares), representing around 400m2 of nature and conservation land per customer. This land is important for the sequestration or absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere.
In 2019 over 98,000 smallholder farmers (2018: 104,000) in 9 emerging market countries worldwide were paid directly and fairly upon delivery of their harvest, as a result of the trade finance that Triodos Investment Management funds provides to farmers’ cooperatives and agribusiness. These farmers’ harvest that is brought to international markets, consists of 10 different fair trade and organic products, such as cocoa, coffee, rice and quinoa. In 2019 the clients of the funds had 64,000 hectares of certified organic farmland under cultivation (2018: 56,000). An additional 6,000 (2018: 24,000) hectares was in conversion – an important number because it takes time before conventional farmland is ready to be certified organic.
The amount of coffee exported in 2019 translates to 2.1 billion cups of coffee (2018: 1.9 billion). That is approximately 2.955 cups of coffee supported per customer.