Fruits of the Nile in Southern and Central Uganda have about 700 members, with a third of them producing fair trade pineapple and the other two thirds producing bananas.
The farmers sell their solar dried fruits to Fruits of the Nile who grade and pack all of the fair trade fruit ready for export.
Solar drying is an affordable way for farmers to preserve their fruits and produce great quality produce. The fruits are 100% natural dried fruits, produced without any added preservatives or added sugars.
Of course solar drying also has little environmental impact as it’s a renewable energy, retaining waste at the point where it’s grown and reducing transport costs by transporting fruit only when it has been dried!
Fruits of the Nile produce two types of banana: ndizi and bogoya. The ndizi are the sweet small bananas, also known as ‘ladies fingers’! The bogoya variety are a larger banana with a deep, almost toffee like flavour, these are the ones that you will find in our Banana & Walnut Trail GEOBAR.
Fairtrade offers the opportunity to both fresh fruit plantations and small farmers to get a fair price.
Additionally, farmers can invest the additional money from the Fairtrade Premium to improve businesses and social and environmental conditions.