Amigos International develops partnerships in developing economies to produce fair and organic specialty products, many produced 100% In Country of Origin (100%PICO), for European wholesale and shops. Over 10 years, Amigos has left an impact on consumers with its original and tasty products, an impact on producers with extra income and pride, and an impact on the environment with organic practices, reforestation and use of environmentally friendly packaging materials.
It's mission is developing rural areas in developing countries by developing ecologically and socially responsible, 100% processed products from these areas to local, regional and international markets.
Amigos works closely with students, recent graduates and research institutes (e.g. WUR, Hogescholen Velp, Sittard, Breda, UTPLoja) for the introduction of products or to investigate market possibilities for the products. In a short time Amigos has built up a large network of people with knowledge of, and experience in, matters of ecology, sociology, value chains, marketing and international trade.
Besides offering food products, Amigos International also offers its knowledge in the areas of ecology, marketing, certification, eco-tourism and farmer support (please see Consulanties and Education). With determination, Amigos International supports achieving the following 2015 Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). Through their activities, they intend to directly contribute to:
1. Halving poverty, reducing hunger;
3. Equality between men and women;
4. Development of a fair trade system.
Indirectly, they hope to contribute to MDGs 4 and 7: Improvement of health of children and mothers (4), and guaranteeing safe drinking water (7).