Fair Development Fund

The Fair Development Fund is a unique partnership between Comic Relief and Sainsbury’s. It combines Comic Relief’s expertise in awarding grants, with Sainsbury’s 145 years of experience and knowledge in farming and food to help producers in developing countries thrive. This means that farmers and workers have a better chance of building a sustainable income and brighter future for themselves, their families and their communities.

Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsbury’s Brand said;

“Fair Development Fund is a great way of bringing together Sainsbury’s and Comic Relief to create a partnership that benefits thousands of famers and their communities. What’s really unique about the partnership is the valuable time and expertise offered by Sainsbury’s. This hands-on approach really improves the fund, and extends how the farmers benefit.”

“I’ve seen first-hand what a difference our investment in farmers and small producers around the world can have. The fund not only benefits the farmers, it extends out to their families and communities which is an important factor to making a sustainable difference in our supply chain, and having a positive impact in the areas we source from.”

How we’ve helped

Through the Fair Development Fund £200,000 has been committed to help over 500 cashew nut farmers and 50 people working in the processing factory in Madagascar – one of the poorest countries in the world. By setting up training centres and plant nurseries, farmers are being supported to learn about good agricultural practices and access better quality trees, so they can sell their crops to Sainsbury’s. By enabling the nut processing to take place in the country, more skilled jobs are being created where they are really needed. Not only do the farmers and workers benefit, but our customers get a delicious product too.

Tanzanian tea farmers

The Fair Development Fund has allocated £250,000 to a project in Tanzania involving 11,000 small scale tea famers. Already, they’ve started to rehabilitate a growing area and provide training to the farmers on the latest good agricultural and environmental practices.

Indian grape farmers

Through a Fair Development Fund grant, grape farmers in India are receiving training to improve the quality and sustainability of their crop. So they can sell their product at better prices for a longer period of time through the year. As a result, seasonal workers have more secure and reliable work.

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