It is never more important than NOW to make a change and be more eco-friendly, be mindful of our future genertions and also CURRENT lives.
Here at Iris Dares, we want to do what I can do, to help. So we support a packaging supplier who, with every order we make - and thus every order YOU make, makes a difference with our eco-responsible packaging.
These are the 6 projects we support with our suppliers:
Project #1: ADESAF
Enabling women to have economic empowerment by teaching sustainable skills in avocado production.
In the Bafoussam region of northern Cameroon, where nearly 80% of the population lives on agriculture. The effects of climate change and harmful agricultural practices, such as burning and deforestation, deplete the soil and destroy the local ecosystems. Avocado producers in this area face many difficulties caused by these issues, as well as the lack of storage infrastructure which results in a significant loss of their production.
ADESAF and its local partner RECOSAF, are launching a project to structure the sustainable avocado sector in the village of Bapi. It will allow avocado producers to secure their income and increase their yields, while preserving ecosystems through the adoption of more environmentally-friendly agricultural practices. Women will be more economically independent, which will enable them to strengthen their place within the community and in the decision-making spaces.
Project #2: Agronomists and Veterinarians Without Borders (AVSF)
Promote the role of female farmers and contribute to strengthening their agricultural activities.
In the rural territories of Mongolia, they face an extreme continental climate. Mongolians have societal and environmental challenges which are exacerbated by its climate change. In the provinces of Khentii and Arkhangai where 80% of the population depend on its agriculture, pastoralists and market gardeners have to adapt their production methods to farm, live and to generate an income, all whilst preserving natural resources.
The association AVSF, in partnership with GERES and the local association Mongolian Women's Fund, have a 3-year project aimed at strengthening the role of women in agricultural production systems, and to ensure that concerns of their position and needs are heard by local and national decision-makers. Women will be trained in market gardening, sustainable cashmere production and business management. These women will gain their financial independence and a valuable position in the developing econ
Project #3: ESSOR
Strengthen the agroecological skills of market gardeners and provide support to develop a marketing strategy. Market gardeners in the peri-urban area of Brazzaville are increasingly facing food supply shortages caused by land degradation. This is a consequence from the effects of climate change, but intensive farming practices are used to help increase yields but are detrimental to their health and that of consumers. Unfortunately women are particularly affected by these methods, because they cultivate the land, and are more reliant than men to live and feed their families from. Also women struggle with inequality and do not have the same access to basic resources and services compared to men, such as efficient water irrigation and training. The project led by ESSOR challenges these issues by educating 250 market gardeners in agroecological practices. This professional training will allow these women to improve their production quantitatively and qualitatively, which will provide a financial income, contributing to improved living conditions.