The organically managed land on the farms which Triodos Bank and Triodos Investment Management financed in 2020 could produce the equivalent of 33 million meals in 2020, enough food to provide a sustainable diet for approximately 30,000 people (2019: 28,000). Together they financed approximately 32,000 hectares of organic farmlandacross Europe. This equates to farmland the size of a football pitch for every 14 customers, each one producing enough for 610 meals per year.
We also financed 30,000 hectares of nature and conservation land (2019: 31,000 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 2020, over 35,000 smallholder farmers (2019: 98,000) in eight emerging market countries worldwide were paid directly and fairly upon delivery of their harvests as a result of the trade finance that Triodos Investment Management funds provide to farmers’ cooperatives and agribusiness. The lower number of smallholder farmers in 2020 is related to one company that did not receive trade finance during 2020. The farmers’ harvests brought 10 different fair-trade and organic products to international markets, including cocoa, coffee, rice and quinoa. In 2020, the funds' clients had 56,000 hectares of certified organic farmland under cultivation (2019: 64,000). An additional 8,000 (2019: 6,000) hectares was in conversion – a significant indicator of future growth as it takes time before conventional farmland is ready to be certified organic.
The amount of coffee exported in 2020 translates to 1.7 billion cups of coffee (2019: 2.1 billion). That is approximately 2.380 cups of coffee supported per Triodos Bank customer.