About

Food Ladder gives people the tools to stop hunger and malnourishment.  We provide remote and regional communities with hydroponic greenhouses and specialised training so they can grow fruit and vegetables, and set up their own social enterprise if they want to.

Our horticulture and business experts offer support throughout the process. We leave behind a sustainable food system, which has health, educational and economic benefits.

We established our not-for-profit in 2010.  Local communities now own, manage and run 11 greenhouses across Australia, India, Bhutan and Uganda. We are rolling out 20 new greenhouses by the end of 2021. 

We have five different types of greenhouses, which are climate-controlled and thus highly productive. You can grow just about anything. 

Communities will pick a greenhouse that suits their goals. Some want to grow fresh food. Others want to set up a commercial enterprise so they can sell fruit and vegetables and create jobs. Some see it as a community project where everyone can learn about horticulture and nutrition.

We collaborate with community groups, government departments, NGOs and universities.

Why we do it

One in nine people already goes hungry and the UN predicts there will be 2.3 billion more mouths to feed by 2050.

Climate change and population growth are putting the globe’s citizens in a fragile and tenuous situation, and unfortunately, the effects are most pronounced among the poor and disadvantaged. Those communities who previously relied on traditional farming practices are rendered powerless to the unpredictable and varying weather conditions. Meanwhile, traditional methods of food aid have done little to address malnutrition, an affliction which can only be truly remedied with locally grown fruit and vegetables.

Australia is not immune to this problem, with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities being unable to access nutritious foods, due to the availability and affordability of produce. In 2012-13, 31% of Indigenous Australians in remote areas reported running out of food over the previous 12 months, compared to 4% of non-Indigenous Australians.

Food Ladder is our response to the crisis.


With a legacy of over 10 years in social enterprise development each Food Ladder system is able to supplement the diets of up to 250 people with locally grown, fresh produce. As the world grapples with population growth and the burgeoning effects of climate change, Food Ladder has created a proven and highly replicable solution to the pressing challenge of food security.

True to its mandate of developing local economies, since its inception, Food Ladder has consistently assisted communities around the world in establishing successful social enterprises.

  • Food Ladder systems are five times more productive than traditional farming methods when operating at full capacity.
  • Each Food Ladder system is designed to address the specific climate and food requirements of each individual community.
  • Food Ladder projects address health, education and economic development outcomes through a multi-disciplinary approach in partnership with the local community. Programs include vocational training, STEM education and nutrition workshops.


Projects

Support Food Ladder

To make a tax deductible contribution, please make a donation below. To receive a receipt email us at info@foodladder.org.

National Australia Bank
Name: Food Ladder
BSB: 082 057
Account: 829 322 925




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For media enquires email info@foodladder.org with MEDIA REQUEST in the subject line.

If you think your organisation would be a great recipient of a Food Ladder system email info@foodladder.org with PARTNERSHIP in the subject line. Tell us about your organisation and how Food Ladder could be a game changer for your community.

If you would like to volunteer send your resume to info@foodladder.org with VOLUNTEER in the subject line. Also include a cover letter outlining which post (Australia, India or Uganda) you would like to support and how your skills could enhance our work.

All general enquiries can be directed to info@foodladder.org, in the form provided or via post: PO Box 423, Manly NSW 1655.