Sustainable spices and herbs
Both ENDS, CREM and Cordaid, in collaboration with the Dutch Spices Federation (NVS) and Southern partners PHCC (India) and Swiss Contact (Indonesia), have pioneered strategies for the production of sustainable spices. Based on an inventory that identified various bottlenecks and opportunities, an exploratory report was produced and widely disseminated. This groundbreaking report, which provides a road map for a sustainable spices and herbs supply chain was the first of its kind in this sector.
Both ENDS introduced various Dutch companies to the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH). The resulting Sustainable Spices Initiative (SSI) now actively works with seven companies to promote more sustainable production and trade practices in the sector. The initiative aims to finalize a globally accepted mainstream sustainability standard for spices and to have the first groups of farmers producing in compliance with this new standard by the end of 2012.
By 2015, 20% of all EU black and white pepper imports from Indonesia and Vietnam will be produced in compliance with this standard.
ROLE OF BOTH ENDS
The challenge for Both ENDS is to ensure that the sustainability standards comply with the needs and demands of its local partners and that the agro-ecological principles are fully integrated into the SSI’s sustainability criteria.
- Swiss Contact
- NVS (Dutch Spices Federation)
Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (formally VROM)