Rest of the World
South Africa: Fairtrade Sugar
Comes into Market
With the support of the Dutch organisation Interchurch Cooperative for
Development Cooperation (ICCO), Fairtrade South Africa has successfully
got 230 KwaZulu-Natal small-scale sugar farmers to become Fairtrade certified.
The individual small-scale farmers have collectively formed two
co-operatives: Sakhokuhle Farmers Primary Co-operative Limited and
Inzwakhele Trading Enterprise Primary Co-Operative Limited; together
they are expected to produce in excess of 1,000 metric tonnes of Fairtrade
sugar per annum. This is the first time Fairtrade sugar to be produced
in South Africa.
Fairtrade currently works with over 1.5 million small-scale farmers and
farm workers in the world, 61 percent of who are located in Africa, says
Arianna Baldo, executive director of Fairtrade South Africa. The sugar
cane industry in South Africa is largely dominated by large-scale
farmers, with only eight percent of sugar cane grown by small-scale
farmers. Fairtrade has had a powerful and sustainable impact on the
sugar industry in other countries, so it was a natural step to add sugar
to our South African projects.
Fairtrade South Africa has partnered with Illovo Sugar South Africa
through its Noodsberg Mill in KwaZulu-Natal. Together, they have
identified the co-operatives to participate in the project and assisted
the farmers in successfully completing the Fairtrade audits. Over and
above this, Illovo Sugar SA is working closely with Fairtrade to assist
in finding buyers for the Fairtrade sugar.
Illovo Sugar understands the importance of developing the industry and
is committed to working with small-scale growers. Our partnership with Fairtrade on
this project is an extension of our company ethos when it comes to
small-scale farmers says Darrell de Wet, marketing manager of Illovo
Sugar SA. We have been working very closely with the co-ops to ensure
that they comply with all the certification requirements and have been
assisting them in any way that we can.
Initially, the South African Fairtrade sugar will be used by Cadburys as
an ingredient in one of their chocolate products. Over and above
supplying the industrial market, the long-term plan is for Fairtrade
sugar consumer products to join the ranks of Fairtrade products
currently available in South Africa including coffee, chocolate, tea,
wine and juice.
The South African Fairtrade Sugar Project was launched in 2014; the
industry expects to see the first crop of cane sugar with Fairtrade certification
at the end of 2015.
Food Traceability Gaining
Source: News Release
Sierra Leone: Tropical Farms Enters Sustainable Cocoa Agreement
Agriterra, the AIM listed pan-African agricultural company, is pleased
to announce that its wholly owned Sierra Leone cocoa business, Tropical
Farms Limited ('Tropical Farms') has signed a trading agreement ('the
Trading Agreement') with a leading global company focused on
natural, organic and specialty foods (the 'Offtaker').
Under the terms of the Trading Agreement, Tropical Farms will use
its organic certification and buying networks to source and supply up to
500 metric tonnes of Sierra Leonean cocoa beans to the Offtaker during
the 2015/2016 buying season; the Offtaker will provide Tropical Farms
with pre-financing for the purchase of beans.
The Trading Agreement will leverage Tropical Farms' extensive
infrastructure in Sierra Leone, including a 2000m state-of-the-art
warehouse in Kenema. As well as Tropical Farms sourcing and supplying
cocoa, the Offtaker has expressed its interest in additional produce and
both parties have committed to explore opportunities for organic coffee
and other organic food crops.
Adrian Simpson, Managing Director of Tropical Farms, said, "I am pleased
to announce this Trading Agreement, which marks a positive step in the
recovery of the cocoa industry in Sierra Leone following the Ebola
outbreak in 2014.
This is one of many trade agreement involving sustainable commodities. A
growing number of food companies are sourcing organic, fairtrade or
other eco-labelled agricultural commodities from developing countries.
The need for traceability is one reason, another is sustainability with
food companies looking to address their environmental and / or social
impacts. Sustainable supply chains will be covered in the
Sustainable Foods Summit, hosted in San Francisco on 20-22 January. In
2016, there will be other editions in Europe
(Amsterdam) on June 9-10th, and Latin America (Sao Paulo) on 29-30th
Source: News Release / OM
Fairtrade Celebrates 10 Year
More than 400 Fairtrade producers and partners gathered in Nairobi,
Kenya to kick off a series of regional 10 year celebrations.
The two-day event, held at Strathmore Business School at the end of
September, gave producers from across East and Central Africa the
opportunity to share best practices and discuss their vision for the
future of Fairtrade with businesses, NGO partners and Fairtrade staff.
In his key note address, the British High Commissioner, Dr. Christian
Turner pointed out his morning ritual of consuming Fairtrade. "You have
to come and see, I am a typical English man, I consume good Fairtrade tea
from Kenya. Additionally flowers at my residence are Fairtrade," he
Referring to Fairtrade statistics, Dr. Turner noted that 9 out of 10
people in UK know about the Fairtrade Mark, and there are already 601
towns that are Fairtrade in the UK. He expressed his confidence in the Fairtrade
movement citing that "Fairtrade's agenda is right because agriculture is
at the centre of Africa's labour force."
The High Commissioner, further congratulated Fairtrade Africa in its
achievements in tackling poverty in farming communities.
"Fairtrade Africa plays a crucial role in helping to improve the lives
of poor people in a sustainable way, by ensuring farmers receive fair
prices for their products and workers receive better wages to help them
support their families...Here in Kenya, Fairtrade Africa has played an
important role in protecting workers from exploitation and improving
working conditions. This has had a hugely positive impact not only to
direct beneficiaries, but also their communities."
In conclusion he also urged more businesses to commit to Fairtrade as
the "right and smart thing to do".
The Future Direction of Clean