This is how smallholders can secure our food's future - and their own
"Smallholders represent both the best custodians of our food basket and the largest number of targeted consumers under the SDGs."
Patrick is a serial social entrepreneur, business professor, thought leader, humanitarian, and founder and Executive Chairman of the Fairtrasa Group, a pioneering social enterprise that lifts marginalized small-scale farmers out of poverty. Fairtrasa is one of the largest organic and fairtrade exporters from Latin America with a vertically integrated business structure.
For his work with Fairtrasa, Patrick has been selected as an Ashoka Fellow, an Endeavor high-impact Entrepreneur, a Yale World Fellow, and a Gabelli Fellow. Moreover, he has been named four times Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the (1) Schwab Foundation, (2) the abc* Foundation, (3) Univision, and (4) UBS Visionaris.
Furthermore, Patrick teaches social innovation and systems change at Fordham University in New York. In 2014, the World Economic Forum named Patrick a New Champion, and he is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He writes a column at HuffPost and gives talks around the world on social innovation and related issues.