Accelerating the Future...
- FINALIST : Economy
- Award Year: 2019
- Nominee URL: https://conflictfood.com/en/
Hunger, global inequalities and poverty are the global challenges of our age and effects billions of people. Agricultural livelihoods are often deeply disrupted by regional conflicts which prevent goods from reaching markets in traditional ways. And there is a lack of awareness of the global impact of every decision we make as consumers. Consumption is always political.
Conflictfood is searching for traditional agricultural products in conflict-stricken countries of our world- Afghanistan, Myanmar or Yemen. By establishing relationships with local farmers Conflictfood creates a sustainable value chain for their product, ensuring a more steady income stream.
Establishing trade relationships with farmers in conflict-stricken countries is quite unusual. It strengthens local structures and shows ways out of poverty. Conflictfood is raising awareness for people living in the area where the product comes from. The project aims to initiate a long-term social change- in the global North and South.
In order to find our partners, we have to travel to war and conflict regions. This is an enormous safety risk. Every trip has to be planned carefully with our network. Establishing a trade network also involves a lot of bureaucracy. Besides, everything was funded by own equity without investors.
Today Conflictfood is working with partners in several conflict regions. It all started 2015 with saffron farmers in Afghanistan - a place once desired by artists and poets, the Silk Road’s epicenter. After decades of war, Afghanistan became the poorest country in Asia and the country with the lowest worldwide – except for opium. In Herat we discovered an independent women’s collective which made the shift from opium to saffron, harvested traditionally and painstakingly by hand. Impressed by these women’s pride and dedication we decided to buy their precious spice, open up new markets to them and tell their impressive story. Exactly these people are the ones that give hope to the country near the Hindukush. With our holistic approach we want to show a different view, besides the crisis-image. There are people with an everyday life, culture, history and culinary delights- just like us!