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INC Sustainability Award 2024

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LIMBUA wins the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) Sustainability Award 2024. Over 1,200 nut and dried fruit industry professionals from all over the world were represented at this year's INC Congress.

There was great joy when LIMBUA, as a German-Kenyan company, was able to prevail against 13 competitors and received the award as a significant recognition for its continuous efforts and successes in sustainability. LIMBUA founder Matti Spiecker accepted the sustainability award in Vancouver.

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Presentation of the award to LIMBUA. From left to right: Goretti Guasch, Michael Waring, Matti Spiecker, Ashok Krishen, Pino Calcagni (Photo: INC)

What is the INC?

The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) is a global organization dedicated to the promotion of nuts and dried fruit. The organization has over 850 members from more than 80 countries representing various sectors of the nut and dried fruit industry. It supports the industry through research, development and the exchange of knowledge and best practices. 

Facts about INC:

  • Founding year: 1983
  • Number of members: Over 850 members of the nut/dried fruit industry
  • Member countries: More than 80 countries
  • Members: International producers, traders, service providers in the nut/dried fruit industry
  • Congresses: The 43rd congress was held in Canada in 2024
  • Participants: 1200 global experts from the edible nuts industry

Every year at the congress, the INC honours extraordinary projects and organizations that stand out for their special contribution to sustainability.

INC Congress Vancouver 2024

INC Congress 2024 in Vancouver (Photo: INC)

About the INC Sustainability Award

The INC Sustainability Award is presented in two categories: “Back to the Planet” and “Back to the People”. These categories recognize projects that have taken remarkable environmental actions as well as those that stand out for their social commitment. The award serves to honor the diversity and creativity of sustainability projects worldwide and to to inspire other enterprises.

This year, the INC received 14 applications from 10 countries, which were reviewed by experts in the field of sustainability. We are proud that LIMBUA was among the finalists and ultimately won the award for our comprehensive sustainability initiatives in the “Back to the People” category.

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Matti Spiecker and Pino Calcagni (Besana Group, Italy) at the award ceremony at the INC Congress (Photo: INC)

What does sustainability mean for LIMBUA?

Sustainability for nature and people has been the fundamental pillar of our German-Kenyan social business since day one of LIMBUA's foundation in 2009. Our sustainability approach is comprehensive and aims to improve the living conditions of people in rural regions of Kenya as well as to protect nature. Here are some of the key points of our initiatives:

Improving living conditions
LIMBUA's main goal from day one has been to raise the standard of living in the rural area of Kenya. One of the ways we achieve this is by bringing smallholder farmers' harvests to the international market without intermediaries, thus ensuring that the greatest possible added value remains in the country. Our support ranges from growing the seedlings in our own tree nurseries to exporting and distributing the products globally.

We accompany the small scale farmers on their way to organic certification and buy their harvests directly. Through these actions, we not only create fair payment, but also transparency and trust throughout the entire process. 

Local farmers with seedling

LIMBUA smallholders with organic tree seedling

Protecting nature
Our approach to protect nature and the environment is diverse. LIMBUA has practiced organic farming from the very beginning. We thus prevent land degradation and preserve biodiversity. The smallholders are continuously trained in organic farming and we help them to grow mixed crops, which promotes biodiversity and at the same time offers economic security. 

Sustainable macadamia nuts

Macadamias from sustainable organic farming

Local processing and value creation
In order to keep the greatest possible added value in Kenya, we process the harvests locally at our four processing sites, which are located close to the farms. This keeps transportation distances short and the raw material fresh. Our gentle raw food drying process is powered by energy-efficient ovens that are fired by the shells of the macadamia nuts. 

Strengthening the community
LIMBUA employs more than 700 local Kenyans, most of whom come from the farmers' families. These workers are integrated into the entire value creation process and benefit from a demonstrably higher standard of living. Most smallholder farmers and employees are women, whose empowerment and prosperity we promote in all positions. Above-average wages and contributions to health, long-term care and pension insurance are standard at LIMBUA and help to counteract the rural exodus.

Macadamia processing employee

The advancement of women is an integral part of the LIMBUA sustainability strategy

Conclusion: Sustainability includes organic practices, fair trade and development

Winning the INC Sustainability Award 2024 is a great honor and validation of our work. We are determined to continue our mission and bring about even more positive change for the people and the environment in Kenya. We thank the INC for this recognition and all our partners and supporters who have made this success possible.

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