Trade not aid – Empowering local farmers who are cut off from markets through conflict or war
Conflictfood trades in crisis regions where trade has stopped and people can no longer sell their agricultural produce. With its approach of direct trade with producers in regions cut off from the global flow of goods and money, Conflictfood helps people to help themselves. This is more sustainable and appreciative than support such as donations, which are primarily important for immediate emergencies and disaster relief.
The focus is on selected culinary products that are unique to the region: Saffron from Afghanistan, tea from Myanmar or – more recently – Ukraine, or rare grains from Palestine. Conflictfood puts people and their stories in the center. The Conflictfood team visits the farmers on site and negotiates fair contracts at eye level. Great attention is paid to the sustainability of the cultivation and the transparent proof of the supply chain. In this way, close ties are bonded between producers and consumers. The products are available through the company’s own online store or partners such as the GoodBuy Store.
Conflictfood follows the “slow start-up” principle, is self-financed and strives for slow, healthy growth. The company’s international team of five lives and works in Berlin. They all share a keen interest in political contexts, global solutions for a more peaceful world, and the belief that enjoying delicious food can contribute to international understanding.
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Conflictfood’s Contribution to the 17 Global Goals
Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Conflictfood stabilizes the situation in zones of crisis and hence supports peace building processes..
Conflictfood often trades directly with women cooperatives, e.g. in Afghanistan.
Partnerships for the Goals
Conflictfood builds partnerships and connections between consumers and producer cooperatives in the target countries.
Responsible Consumption and Production
Conscious consumption, transparent supply chains and sustainable production
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Conflictfood secures jobs and revenues in regions at risk through conflict or war.