Keepers of the Spice Trade: IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative

Words by Priyanka Elhence

From its glory days along trade routes to pantry staples all over the world, spices have become so commonplace that we’ve taken them for granted. For these three trailblazers, however, spice is their livelihood and motivation.

*This is an extract of an article that first appeared in Wine & Dine’s 2021 ‘Spice and Aromatics’ issue

Harvesting ginger root (Image courtesy of iStock)

A sector-wide consortium founded in 2012, IDH brings together an international group of NGOs and more than 500 active companies within the spices and herbs sector to increase sustainable trade in global commodity supply chains.

Drying pepper in the sun in Vietnam (Image courtesy of iStock)

Spices is one of the six focus sectors of the organisation’s Fresh & Ingredients programme, which looks at other sectors for solutions on a variety of issues ranging from working conditions to climate change. Millions of smallholders who are involved in the production of spices often face poverty and food security concerns. There are a multitude of challenges that these smallholders have to grapple with depending on the specific crop and origin; there are social issues such as gender equality, child labour, working conditions as well as environmental ones such as agro-chemical use and deforestation.

*Read the full article in Wine & Dine’s 2021 ‘Spice and Aromatics’ issue. Available at newsstands and Magzter

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