IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative, along with the Government of Meghalaya, India hosted a Market Linkage Platform meeting for spices produced in Meghalaya on May 18-19, 2021.
Collective action towards sustainable transformation of
Indian spice industry
The National Sustainable Spice Programme (NSSP) brings together stakeholders from public and private sectors, as well as smallholder farmer groups on one platform, to address social, economic, and environmental issues in the spices industry in India. The primary objective of the program is to promote ‘Food Safety and Sustainability’ by bringing together key players in the sector with a commitment to sustainable spice production.
NSSP develops partnerships and collaborations, and facilitates discussions between stakeholders in the spice value chain through the development of value chain linkages, and establishing service delivery models.
India is the world’s largest producer, consumer, and exporter of spices. However, between the indiscriminate use of agrochemicals and the impact of climate change, the spice industry in India is in a critical state – soil health is deteriorating, water resources are depleting and crops are increasingly more contaminated. As a result, farmer livelihoods are suffering from diminishing returns, and food safety is a major risk for consumers. But small and scattered initiatives are unable to provide a permanent and replicable solution to these challenges.
What NSSP Does?
Four NGOs engaged with NSSP, have announced sustainable spices available for sale, which have been produced through integrated pest management techniques. Download the document for more details.