Dimitra’s Commitment to Advancing SDGs: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Today, agriculture accounts for more than 1 billion jobs globally. While this seems like a significant number, only about 500 million people working these jobs receive fair wages.
Farming is one of the most important industries in the world. It’s also one of the leading contributors to global and economic conflict, including climate change, unpaid labor, and human exploitation.
To create a better agricultural reality and achieve a better future for those who provide consumer goods around the world, we must ensure better working conditions. We must also advocate for economic growth across governments, both developed and in development.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a list of 17 major initiatives that the United Nations (UN) outlined as essential to achieving economic, environmental, and ethical development worldwide.
Much of the work we do at Dimitra aligns with these goals, especially in the sphere of agriculture. SDG #8, Decent Work and Economic Growth, is a reality we make possible for farmers around the world. And now, it’s more important than ever.
Decent Work and Economic Growth SDG
8 “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”
In nearly every international news source, we hear the urgent call for higher levels of economic productivity. No industry remains untouched by the effects of the global pandemic, such as rising inflation rates, policy uncertainties, labor market challenges, and supply chain disruptions.
At the same time, productivity for the means of profit is no longer the main goal. People matter most. Now more than ever, so do new and changing work ethics, company values, and environmental sustainability practices.
In response to this demand, employers, laborers, and industry leaders need to prioritize the needs of those who work so hard to provide essential resources to the population. Every sector needs new, quality, well-paying jobs — as well as resource efficiency in both consumption and production.
Farming, Agriculture, and the Need for Technology
At Dimitra Technology, we help farmers in all regions of the world adopt lasting solutions to support this Sustainable Development Goal #8.
The Dimitra Connected Farmer App helps farmers optimize their daily operations and long-term business goals. The app enables crop input tracking, financial trade support, freight insurance options, farm geofencing and maintenance features, satellite and weather insights, a government support desk, and more.
To support every actor in the agricultural supply chain, we provide certifications for compliant farmers through the Deforestation Compliance Module. With changing laws regarding deforestation in the UN, distributors now need proof that their products meet sustainability standards. The Deforestation Module ensures everything is recorded securely and with full transparency to the blockchain, protecting farmers and employees in every step of the process from seed to sale.
At Dimitra, we work with smallholder farms and government organizations to help agricultural workers achieve higher levels of sustainable productivity. By giving access to technology in remote locations, farmers get the education they need to make more informed decisions — and to make livable incomes.
Jon Trask, our CEO, says: “Every smallholder farmer, regardless of economic status, should be able to benefit from simple, beautiful, and useful technology.. because when farmers thrive, economies thrive.”
To learn more about Dimitra and our mission toward sustainable work and economic growth, visit www.dimitra.io.