SEKEM Holding - Reclaiming desert land for organic, fair trade products
Reclaiming desert land for organic, fair trade products
Bidezko merkataritzaZiurtagiria duten Bidezko Merkataritzako produktuak, Bidezko Merkataritzako etiketa daramatenak. Adibide bat da Bidezko Merkataritzako erakunde bati bere Bidezko Merkataritzako kakaoa saltzen dion ekoizle batzuk osaturiko kooperatiba bat.
BerdeaIngurumenaren babesa bultzatu edo sustatu egiten du. Nekazaritza ekologikoko kooperatiba bat adibide bat da.
Kapital sozialaProiektuak non Oikocreditek kapital-inbertsio bat egin duen
SEKEM Holding is a sustainable social enterprise, growing, processing and marketing agricultural products according to bio-dynamic (organic+) and fair trade principles. The name ‘SEKEM’ derives from the Egyptian hieroglyph for vitality.
SEKEM was founded in 1977 as the means to realise sustainable human and environmental development. Starting as a farm operation, it reclaimed 170 acres of desert land outside Cairo to grow medicinal herbs and food. At present, SEKEM Holding consists of various companies producing organic foods, organic cotton textiles and clothing, and herbal medicines.
Most of Egypt is desert and food imports are high. SEKEM is showing the way forward: lower input costs (no fertiliser/pesticides), efficient water irrigation and sustainable agricultural yields.
Oikocredit invested in SEKEM to support the company’s land reclamation, capital expenditures, and to strengthen its capital base.
SEKEM donates 10% of its profits to the SEKEM Development Foundation. This foundation provides subsidised medical care and education, for SEKEM’s employees and the local community, through several schools and a medical centre at the farm complex. In addition, SEKEM opened its Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development in 2012.