Food Ladder is the world’s first not-for-profit organisation to use hydroponics and environmentally sustainable technologies to create food and economic security for communities otherwise reliant on aid and affected by poverty.

The Food Ladder Mission Statement:

“Empowering future generations to grow food in the community, to improve nutrition whilst protecting the environment and enhancing the local economy.”

For the past five years we have used custom designed systems to grow commercial quantities of nutrient-rich produce around the world; from rural towns in India and Uganda to the most remote parts of the Northern Territory in Australia.

With the ability to be implemented virtually anywhere in the world,

Food Ladder creates an artificial environment in which food production is enhanced.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we do not seek to own any assets, but rather each social enterprise is owned, governed and run by the local community – with full support and guidance from the Food Ladder team. To ensure strong community collaboration we work with on-ground partners including Government departments, Australia’s preeminent universities and remote community leaders.

Food Ladder not only addresses food security, but creates employment and training opportunities for adults, and education outcomes for children. Benefits also include an increased sense of community pride and achievement, as well as a shift in attitudes around healthy eating.

Why we do it

One in nine people out of the current global population 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 quality, fresh fruit and vegetables grown locally.

More so, children are most at risk, with research suggesting that the first 1000 days of a child’s existence – from a woman’s pregnancy to 24 months of age – is a vital window of opportunity to improve outcomes across health, education and employment. International research suggests that children who receive appropriate nutrition in their first 1000 days are up to ten times more likely to overcome life-threatening diseases, go on to earn 21% more wages, complete 4.6 more grades of school and are more likely as adults to have healthier families.

Food Ladder is our response to the crisis.

With a legacy of over 10 years in social enterprise development and more than 600 jobs created and 6000 people fed, 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 5 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 is a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable solution to food security.


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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Get in contact

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.