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 transitioned all of the social enterprises it develops to full community ownership.

  • 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.