Guatemala is the world’s third-largest exporter of snow peas and sugar snap peas, and indigenous farmers living in the highlands produce 99 percent of the crops. Gaining access to fair trade vegetable markets can make a big difference for these farmers, who are among the nation’s most impoverished, with 70 percent living below the international poverty line. Indigenous populations in Guatemala also have one of the highest rates of chronic malnutrition in the world.
Fruits & Vegetables
There is great potential for small-scale farmers to sell more fresh fruits and vegetables to premium export markets. Demand for organic, fairly-traded fresh produce exceeds supply, but small-scale farmers in Africa and Latin America lack the infrastructure needed to get their goods to consumers. Root Capital lending helps small processors purchase and ship sustainably-raised crops, creating sustainable livelihoods for thousands of rural farmers and growing rural prosperity.