Tuesday, 5 June 2012

FairTrade Supporting Producers

While FTF does not straight build capacity in producers, many of its members and allies provide technical support, product development, and other services.


•Fairtrade Labeling Organization - An umbrella organization that unites 25labeling initiative in 21 countries and producer network in place of Fairtrade Certified Producer Organizations in Central and South America, Africa and Asia.

o Fairtrade Certification - An overview of the procedure for joining the FLO certification system

•Cooperative Coffees - A roaster-owned, green coffee import cooperative that partners with small-scale coffee farmers to build direct, fair trade relations. They are collectively owned by 24 fair trade coffee roasters located throughout Canada and the US.

•Belgium Development Agency Trade for Development Centre - has produced a series of useful guide for producer organizations to counsel them on transitioning to organic, attractive decision-making, contracts, and other skills.


Cooperative organization is one of the most excellent ways to promote empower workplaces. To help organize yourself and/or the producers with whom you may be working, consult these resources:

•Cooperative Development institute Guide to Starting a Cooperative - Outlines the International helpful Principles and an overview of successful cooperative development.

•USDA - How to Start a Cooperative - Outlines the process of organizing and finance a cooperative business

•UNCTAD's How to Prepare Your Business Plan - This publication was prepared in the structure of a technical assistance project aimed at increase the capacity of least developed countries to mobilize capital through venture capital funds.

It is intended for use in the training of senior and middle managing in business planning and as a reference manual for person enterprises to prepare their business plans, for compliance to investors for funding, counting venture capital funds.

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