DO-IT's commitment to the farmers and producers at origin is best expressed in the long term relationships with our partners in agriculture. Our partners range from corporations that unite rice field farmers in India and support them via socio-economic projects, to a farmer (and former colleague of DO-IT) in Canada. All beautiful stories of people and companies with the same drive to make organic the standard and make the world a little better.
Our partner in Mozambique has over 500 smallholder farmer families that joined together in two co-operatives. They set the highest possible standards for the organic sugar cane, and equally for the impact it has on local communities, on biodiversity and on carbon emissions.
Our cashew nuts from Tanzania are locally harvested and cracked. This is special, because cashews inshell from Tanzania are mostly distributed to Asia for further processing. Our local sourcing partner found a way to do it differently.
DO-IT has established strong relationships with partners in Thailand. There is a big potential in organic produce due to the fertile regions, traditional methods, and advanced techniques. NGC, Natural Growth Company is run by Tom and Anne-Mary Barnes. The couple has a long experience in organic agriculture in Asia. As insiders they know the culture and the ins and outs. They are very concerned about the country and the people and aware of the specific needs of the projects.
One of DO-ITs dedicated account managers, Frank, once had a dream about farming in North America, where the fields are endless and have no horizon. Today his farm is proud to be a partner of DO-IT, and not just for this one farm. “With a group of about 10 organic farms we supply DO-IT with organic black lentils and organic French green lentils through Remoué Family Farms Ltd”. A unique supply chain, open and as short as possible.
After several years of experience in the region, DO-IT participated in the company Biorganica. The principal aim is to export organic soybeans, produced by small and medium sized farmers in the southwest of Paraná-state, to the European market.
In Bolivia DO-IT set up a project with the French company Markal and the Bolivian company QuinoaBol. The project is situated in the Altiplano highlands in southwest Bolivia. The main product is the quinoa grain. In Peru quinoa comes direct from farmer groups. The farmers are visited every year to keep in close contact and be able to tackle possible problems. During the visits celebrations are held in a colourful way with traditional customs and costumes.
In 1998 DO-IT started a partnership with Huaen, and today DO-IT imports many organic products from China. Nowadays the project is well developed according to European standards. There is recycled compost from livestock waste and crop surplus. Organic farms have developed natural methods for pest control such as “Red Eye Bees”, and each field has a sign to designate organic and a field number.
For more than 15 years DO-IT has been working together with a local Indian branch. As part of the project there are initiatives to improve living conditions by getting education for the children, better sanitation and work for women to make them more independent. For example, the donation of sewing machines for clothes and embroidery and workshops on how to set up their own business.