A word from our Founder
Defining the framework of an integrated agricultural strategy to satisfy businesses’ supply needs : 100 % Organic
IRIS Agribusiness notices that:
- Billions of people rely on the work done by farmers. And soon, there will be billions more of them.
- Consumers are looking for transparency and are becoming increasingly proactive in controlling what they eat and how they use agricultural raw materials (oils, speciality chemicals, etc.).
- Global demand for agricultural raw materials is growing strongly. Growth is particularly strong for products with organic certification.
- The dynamic in the agribusiness market is moving towards producers, creating a climate that supports the integration of small farms.
- In countries in the South, in particular in Africa and Latin America, the agricultural system and local people’s food security are primarily reliant on small farms.
- The latter are set to become essential sources of supply in the agribusiness area and leading figures on the world economic stage, at a time when the world is facing a shortage of resources (agricultural land and water) and increasing price volatility.
The issues: Integrating small farms in countries in the South
Based on the observations noted above, IRIS Agribusiness considers that integrating small farms into the value chain is a way for responsible businesses to consolidate their sources of supply for the long term, in a globalised market.
Moreover, intensifying production on small farms will reduce the need for agricultural land and water accordingly. The result should be a reduction in deforestation and the use of land for agricultural purposes, which will help to mitigate climate change and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
The development of small farms could therefore prove to be a win-win situation, helping to ensure the long-term viability of millions of farmers’ activities, improve food and nutritional security, redynamise the rural economy in general and reduce poverty.
However, saving the planet and tackling the food challenge will mean implementing new economic models, based on sustainable development and social responsibility.
As a partner to small farmers working in countries in the South, in Africa and Latin America, it is our mission to provide information about these issues.
The Iris Agribusiness response:
Integrate businesses that process agricultural raw materials in countries in the South into the global value chain.
The creation of IRIS Agribusiness was motivated by one core consideration:
The desire to help small farmers in countries in the South, in Africa and Latin America, to take advantage of this growth in demand and join the global value chain.
Production agreements based on three pillars of sustainable development:
- Viable sourcing that creates wealth and improves producers’ material living conditions
- Working conditions that comply with international standards
- Production that respects the environment and protects consumers’ health
We intend to expand our network of partners, based on sharing good practices and values of solidarity which, in countries in the South, are an extraordinary source of resilience.
We invite you to join our partnership as part of a winning business model.