A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
A large amount of the fresh produce sold in UK supermarkets is imported from developing countries. Millions of individuals supply into them as small-scale producer/growers or find employment in horticulture farms and packhouses. The workforce is often marginalized and vulnerable, with a high proportion of economic migrants leading a precarious existence.
This study was undertaken to gain an insight into poverty issues in farms that supply most major UK retailers and to identify how best International Procurement and Logistics (IPL) can integrate pro-poor strategies into its business practices. IPL has been looking at how to improve its core business practices with poverty reduction and development goals in mind.
The study and report were joint undertakings, but the report includes separate Oxfam recommendations and IPL learning points and commitments.