A sustainable business never stops learning.
At LDC, we believe that the sustainability of our business depends not only on the renewal of natural resources but also in the continual development and training of our people and partners.
Training in the Workplace
LDC employs many talented people around the world, who bring a variety of qualifications, experience and skills, and a shared determination to achieve excellence in our business and drive fair and sustainable value creation.
But we don’t want them to stop there.
We want to give our people the tools, knowledge and opportunities they need to develop to their fullest potential.
Our tailored training programs facilitate their professional growth, promoting an inclusive environment for learning and development.
Training in the Field
LDC is committed to promoting sustainable agricultural practices across the world, aiming to safeguard the environment, develop sustainable livelihoods and the future of our business.
Because we believe that sustainable agriculture is closely linked with the economic wellbeing of smallholder farming communities, we choose to work directly with them on the ground.
We train farmers to adopt sustainable agriculture practices, helping them to increase their productivity and incomes for the long-term, to drive social and economic development in their community, and ultimately to stay in farming.
What We Do
Each year, LDC agronomists visit thousands of smallholder farmers, training them not only to improve their agricultural techniques but also to observe national and international laws and standards.
Working with our partners, we organize training on sustainable farming techniques, responsible use of pesticides, access to markets, accounting, adaptation to climate change and more.
Increasingly, our projects focus on women or entire families, recognizing the key role they play in the social and economic development of their local community.
Improved productivity leads to increased incomes, which in turn allows investment in local infrastructure and education. As farmers pass on their knowledge of sustainable production techniques to the next generation, they also protect the long-term supply of their crop.
Working Across the Globe
Our commitment to practical education extends to thousands of smallholder farmers and hundreds of students around the world.
Empowering women farmers in India – In 2020, LDC embarked on a two-year project with the Louis Dreyfus Foundation and the Centre for microFinance to enhance the food security and cash incomes of women smallholder farmers in Rajasthan, through training in improved agriculture practices that can contribute to higher productivity and incomes.
Enhancing rice production in Côte d’Ivoire – This joint project with the Louis Dreyfus Foundation and FairMatch Support aims to establish the framework for a sustainable rice supply chain from smallholder farmers to mills in Boundiali, northern Côte d’Ivoire.
Future change-maker project in China – In 2020, LDC partnered with the Louis Dreyfus Foundation and China Education Support Project to train in sustainable agricultural practices over 200 university students who then passed on their newfound knowledge to smallholder farmers.
Training cotton farmers in Zambia & India – We continue to train thousands of smallholder cotton farmers in sustainable agricultural practices, according to Better Cotton Initiative principles. We have some 115,000 farmers in Zambia since 2015, and 15,000 farmers in India since 2018.