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Food. People. Social Change.

Sustainably addressing food security challenges for those who need it the most.

About Food Ladder

Harley, Tasso, Daryn, Justin and  all participants of the ONE80TC food ladder program . Picture Kylie Pitt



Food Ladder International is a holistically sustainable organisation that engages disadvantaged individuals in the cultivation of vegetables to address challenges of food security on a global scale.

Food Ladder International designs and ships flatpack, scalable and environmentally sustainable hydroponic food security solutions for malnourished communities which can be operated as either a social enterprise or delivered as an aid solution.


The greenhouses create an artificial environment in which food production is enhanced, and can be managed by the community itself – providing vital nourishment and nutrition. Delivered wherever there is the need, Food Ladder International is able to mitigate food security challenges in small to medium sized communities. Not only do we create local economies and socially inclusive solutions, we provide jobs, empowerment and deliver food to the most marginalised in our society.

Food Ladder International follows a legacy of social enterprise development that brings together sustainable, self-empowered food production to feed those suffering from malnutrition and hunger.


Food Ladder would like to thank

The Saville Foundation

The Saville Foundation seeks out and engages with projects or institutions that provide innovative and appropriate alternatives to current challenges in education, entrepreneurship and community development. The Saville Foundation has been a long time supporter of Food Ladder, since its inception as Fair Business in 2012. Their counsel and support is greatly appreciated. Together with The Saville Foundation we look forward to continued innovation and lasting social change.


Food Ladder partners with ICM

Food Ladder partners with ICM to expand its international reach and announces first school deployment in India.  [LONDON] International NGO, Food Ladder is proud to announce its partnership with ICM Group which will support its rollout and expansion throughout India and priority countries in the developing world. The partnership falls within ICM’s Corporate Social Responsibility mandate to provide scalable, low-cost and high impact solutions that ensure financial sustainability and multi-faceted positive outcomes to disadvantaged communities.



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Food Ladder International has food security solutions and social enterprises in different phases of maturity in Australia, India and Afghanistan.

In order to create scalable impact, Food Ladder International has been focussed on developing  strong partnerships with other groundbreaking NGOs around the world.


Food Ladder India

Food Ladder has received coveted Direct Aid Program (DAP) funding from the Australian High Commission to enable the extensive role out of its custom designed hydroponic greenhouse systems to address food security and empower impoverished women throughout India. “It’s great to see Australia and India working together to support economic development and sustainable food production in India’s most disadvantaged communities. The Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program is proud to support such an innovative and unique project” said Patrick Suckling, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, at the inauguration of the project.


Food Ladder India

Food Ladder in India is producing a range of produce through its collection of roof-top hydroponic systems including tomatoes, boutle-gourd, herbs, all manner of leafy greens, eggplants, capsicums and chillies.

Food Ladder is replicating in schools across India to educate and train children, teachers and the local community about food security, hydroponic technology and nutrition.

In a country where one in three children are effected by malnutrition, Food Ladder is committed to making a significant impact over the next five years.

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Food Ladder Afghanistan

Food Ladder is working in Partnership with Mahboba’s Promise to solve the food security crisis in Afghanistan. The project is ambitious in scale and impact and will reach beyond its initial site of Kabul.

Currently in Afghanistan, 7 million people do not have enough to eat and 60.5% of children suffer from stunted growth due to malnutrition. Over three decades of civil unrest, war and natural disasters has left Afghanistan one of the poorest countries in the world.

Food Ladder Afghanistan

Food Ladder Afghanistan

The organisations are working in partnership to address the crisis by creating social enterprises that empower widows and grow high yields of nutrient-rich, chemical free produce that will be distributed to those who need it the most.

Located on secured farmland outside Kabul the project will extend the growing time of produce which is currently stymied by otherwise freezing winters and barren land.

Our People

Alex Shead



Alex Shead has a wide range of entrepreneurial commercial experience having founded numerous businesses and made over 30 business acquisitions.

Alex conceived award winning non-profit organisation Fair Business in 2009, now rebranded to Food Ladder, in order to tackle issues on a global scale. Alex has pioneered many models of social enterprise including acquisition and conversion, social procurement, transition to local ownership and expansion overseas.




An accomplished and dynamic marketing and communications professional, Kelly is experienced in developing start-ups as well as designing innovative and compelling strategies to deliver growth. Spanning the Indigenous education and employment sectors Kelly has held management roles and driven important diversifications, before pursuing her dream of addressing food security challenges on a global scale. Kelly is passionate about creating sustainable solutions for pervasive social issues affecting communities around the world, and galvanising the power and passion of organisations and individuals to the movement. Kelly drives the global growth strategy for the business.


Maggie Price

Business Manager

Our Business Manager Maggie has a wealth of business experience from corporate to small business and across marketing, operations and general management. She’s had exposure to a varied range of sectors including media and events, education, consumer products, and retail.  Several years ago she developed a passion for NFP organisations and ventures with strong social impact outcomes. Maggie comes to us with recent experience working in organisations tackling poverty, homelessness, and mental health issues.


Matt Abbott

Northern Territory Manager

Our Northern Territory Manager has lived and worked in Arnhem Land from Gunbalanya and Ramingining to Galiwinku as a journalist and has a deep understanding of the impact of nutrition and empowerment on the health of communities. Previously he has been stationed in South Sudan and worked alongside the UN, World Food Program and Medicine Sans Frontiers before joining Food Ladder to support the roll out and replication in the top end.


Kumar Chandan

Coordinator, India

Kumar has done biotechnology as his undergraduate course from Bangalore University. Masters degree was PGDM – Sustainable Development Practices (SDP) from BIMTECH, Gr. Noida, India. He has been following “Hydroponics” as a technology and a business opportunity since 2009 and has been in touch with Hydroponics practitioners in Bangalore, Delhi, Raipur and Columbia.

He joined Food Ladder in 2015 with a view to use his understanding of hydroponics, business management and sustainability to bring socio economic and environmental change to the communities in India and elsewhere.


Hamish Dowell

Manager, India

Hamish joined Food Ladder in February 2016 as a Project Manager in Delhi, India. He works closely on a number of Delhi based projects with our Indian Manager, Kumar. Food Ladder perfectly represents Hamish’s key passions in life; empowering the next generation, education, social change and food. His previous project and client relationship management skills with both start-ups and multinationals have proven to help and serve Food Ladder in creating key relationships with businesses, communities, educational institutions, and individuals. These skills and relationships are crucial to our goals of creating a sustainable solutions for social issues.


Katherine's community garden

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Food Ladder is extremely grateful for the support of organisations that see the merit in the work that we do. Photos are credited to Alex Craig, who generously donated his time and talent to furthering our cause.