CDI Seminar on Food Security and Social Enterprise
with Kelly McJannett CEO, Food Ladder
by Annika Sutter 05 Oct 2016
Kelly McJannet is the CEO of Food Ladder, an international social enterprise providing innovative solutions to food security. At 24, when backpacking through northern India, Kelly couldn’t get past the stark poverty experience in the slums in Rajasthan. It solidified her life’s mission to make a change on a global scale. Kelly realised that to address the pressing global concern of food security, the solution needed to be both environmentally and economically sustainable. She created Food Ladder which empowers disadvantaged people to grow their own produce using its hydroponic greenhouses in the slums of India through to Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Food Ladder is an award winning business funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade internationally that has collectively created employment for over 600 people previously living in poverty or suffering from long-term unemployment.
Kelly is experienced in developing start-ups as well as designing innovative and compelling strategies to deliver growth. Kelly has held management roles in Indigenous education, employment and development sectors before pursuing her dream of addressing food security challenges on a global scale.
Working with Governments to scale its reach, Kelly’s vision is to provide a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable solution to food security for impoverished communities around the world.