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Fairtrade strengthens the position of farmers and workers in the value chain. By offering an alternative approach to trade, it supports producers in securing better markets, contributing to greater sustainable development in Asia Pacific region under Fairtrade – Network of Asia and Pacific Producers (NAPP).

Fairtrade NAPP was established in 2014 and is a member of Fairtrade International. Fairtrade NAPP certifies farmers and workers across the Asia Pacific region. All these producers share ownership of the Fairtrade system and have an equal voice in decision making. As a Producer Network, NAPP ensures their voice is heard in the system.

IMG_1017Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. When farmers can sell on Fairtrade terms, it provides them with a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their every-day shopping.

When a product carries the FAIRTRADE MARK it means the producers and traders have met Fairtrade Standards. The Standards are designed to address the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets and the injustices of conventional trade. Fairtrade strengthens the position of farmers and workers in the value chain. By offering an alternative approach to trade Fairtrade supports producers in securing better markets, contributing to greater sustainable development in Asia Pacific region under Fairtrade – Network of Asia and Pacific Producers (NAPP).

Read more about Advantage Fairtrade here.

 

Fairtrade Asia Pacific: Quarter 1 Report

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 11.12.46 AMThe first quarter of 2016 has been exciting with the Producer Support Services integration into NAPP being completed. Efforts were concentrated on organisational development including capacity building of staff members, awareness sessions for Fairtrade Standards as well as training sessions pertaining to social compliance and other thematic areas for producers. There were national network meetings, producer support for new certifications, and one-on-one training workshops for producer organisations. NAPP participated in Biofach Nuremberg to engage with supply chain players. Partnerships, advocacy, and communication, along with monitoring, evaluation, and learning are some of the key highlights of this quarter. Read more here.

 

Collaboration with the Belgium Development Agency – BTC

20160308_111604We are excited to announce that the Belgium Development Agency – BTC has partnered with Fairtrade Network of Asia and Pacific Producers to develop Sustainable Fair Cocoa Supply Chains from Vietnam.

The programme will impact 350 small householder cocoa-producing families from the provinces of Dak Lak and Dak Nong over two years.

The Vietnam Cooperative Alliance is a semi-government agency and is NAPP’s strategic partner for the project. They will provide expertise and support in working with the three cooperatives. Read more here.

 

 

Fairtrade Awards 2016

Photo: Dinusha Sewwandi

Photo: Dinusha Sewwandi

Congratulations to the winners of the Fairtrade Awards 2016!

From Asia-Pacific, Small Organic Farmers’ Association (SOFA), Sri Lanka was one of the winners of the Small Producer Organization of the Year; United Nilgiri Tea Estates Company Limited (UNTEA), India was one of the recipients of the Premium Committee of the Year award; and Bijumon Kurian, President of Manarcadu Social Services Society, India got felicitated for being the Biggest Fairtrade Fan.

Also, congratulations to COCAFCAL, Honduras; Sukambizi Association Trust, Malawi; Fundación de Trabajadores de Comercio Justo de Urabá (FUNTRAJUSTO), Colombia; Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, Ethiopia; and Zaytoun CIC, UK.

The International Fairtrade Awards were celebrated in Berlin on 3 March 2016. For the second time, Fairtrade honoured outstanding farmers, workers, traders and supporters who are driving change in their communities. Read more about the winners and watch videos here.

 

In the News

IMG_1001Read about Fairtrade Asia-Pacific farmers and workers who are making news all over the world.

Fairtrade Awards 2016 für Lidl, Ethletic, Faire Uni Saar und Confiserie Riegelein. Read more in Der Taggesspiegel.

Meet India’s female ‘seed guardians’ pioneering organic farming. Read more in The Guardian.

How a successful collective of smallholder farmers in India is showing the way. Read more in The Guardian.

More news updates here.