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Taze Kuru

Goal 2: End Hunger

2.3)   By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment

Taze Kuru has successfully managed to source produce from dozens of local smallholder farmers, strengthening local economies wherever they operate. In 2013, Taze Kuru sourced 300 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables from small-scale farmers in Ankara province in Turkey. To ensure quality, the company only sources from farmers who participate in a government-supported scheme called 'Good Farm', which promotes good farming practices and low chemical use. Moreover, Taze Kuru ensures efficient supply chains, including efficient, low-cost transport from farm gates to distribution centers or processing units. As one approach, Taze Kuru has created a new technology in which, by using geothermal energy, fruit is dried inside a tunnel where fan-circulated warm air draws moisture from it. This reduces drying time while preserving as much nutrition and flavour as possible.

Local farmers have been able to increase their incomes and reduce waste by selling their products to Taze Kuru. And to date, the company has created 30 jobs, mainly for women, who receive fair wages. In additional, 125 people are currently receiving training from Taze Kuru, The company plans to add another 20 jobs and to involve 100 smallholder farmers in its business model by the end of the year. The company estimates that it will create 300 jobs in 5 years' time if current growth continues.