Food Ladder forms International Alliance and launches ‘Food Ladder India’

[Sydney] Food Ladder is proud to announce the launch of Food Ladder India and its partnership with innovative Delhi-based social enterprise, Conserve India.

Food Ladder India will now manage all manufacturing for the organisation’s food security solutions and provide employment outcomes for the very poor living in the city’s slums. The international expansion will reduce the cost associated with logistics and increase the non-profit’s capacity to meet demand for the food security solutions around the world.

The partnership will also benefit from Conserve India’s patented plastic recycling technology, established in 1998, which converts plastic bags and waste from landfills into a high-quality and durable bi-product.

The technology means that each Food Ladder solution will not only provide locally sourced and nutritious food for the hungry, but create jobs for the poor and improve the quality of the environment through the reduction of thousands of tons of plastic waste that will be used to manufacture the technology.

Working together since early 2014, Converse India and Food Ladder share a vision for meaningful social change on a global scale.

Conserve India’s founders, Anita and Shalabh Ahuja are Fellows of the Ashoka and Unreasonable Institutes respectively. The organisation is renowned for its commitment to environmental and social sustainability, having created more than 600 hundred jobs for the poor living in Delhi’s-city slums, recycled 300 tons of plastic waste and converted same into hundreds of thousands of handbags which have graced the runways of both Paris and London Fashion Weeks.

Food Ladder is the result of 6 years of social enterprise development in Australia and a commitment to collaboration and innovation in ethical business.

“We have always believed that we can use business to create lasting social change,” Alex Shead, Director said.

“Food Ladder addresses a critical need and a growing market in one solution. We are excited to ramp up our deployments so we can start making the kind of impact that is needed.”

Food Ladder is exploring opportunities to address food insecurity in India, Africa and South America over the next 12 months.

The growth adds to Food Ladders’ primary Australian site in Yarramundi, NSW which is engaging 50 young men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in certified horticulture training thanks to a partnership with ONE80TC and Tafe.

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