Today, .pepper..field is the only company in the world that pays small farmers the 100% fair trade price officially set by KPPA - plus they always receive this amount directly from us, in full, without any middlemen. Everything is under our full supervision and we are trying to motivate others to make similar changes in their payment methods.
Small pepper farms date back to the 13th century, giving them the best know-how. Today there are about 300 small, family-run farms in Cambodia vs about 5 large, corporate, foreign-owned farms. Since 2018, we have supported 200 small families with pepper purchases. The goal of .pepper..field is to ensure the long term and sustainable development of these farmers as we will continually buy 100% of their produce under fair trade conditions so that their children can carry on the family legacy.
Most of these families use the money for farm maintenance, health care, school fees and supplies for the children. We also commit to giving back a portion of the profits to Cambodia for education and health projects.
We know all the farmers and will always take care of them! During the 2020 crisis we organized the Cambodian COVID Relief Food Drive.