On Saturday April 16, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador killing hundreds of people, leaving thousands wounded and causing severe damage to infrastructure. Access to safe drinking water and storage, as well as shelter is urgently needed. With your help we can reach the most vulnerable populations with vital assistance.
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.