Method

Fair African Trade, in cooperation with local role-players, initiates projects in communities involved in the agricultural industry producing food and wine sold in the EU with African countries of origin. The agricultural source, supply chain participants, importers/exporters and food processing industries involved are approached for co-operation in determining priority projects.

The African agricultural industry, export market and agricultural and industrial work environment have been under pressure to transform since the European consumer became more aware that labour- and living conditions and practices at the source of consumer goods do not always meet acceptable standards. This has put tremendous pressure on agricultural workers, farmers and production facilities, which also have to face increased operational costs, security issues and political unrest in some cases. Fair African Trade, in conjunction with local role-players, investigates general conditions for agricultural workers, factory workers and distribution company workers in order to:

  • Assist if any factors do not comply with local labour legal requirements and humanitarian acceptable standards.

  • Engage with all role-players as to how to identify, fund and set-up projects to improve conditions for agricultural communities.

Fair African Trade will:

  • List any current- and completed projects on the Fair African Trade website.

  • Keep regular and continual contact with owners, farmers, stakeholders, authorities and end-users building further relationships and advise on consumer related issues.

  • Issue a quarterly review on new projects, community representatives and progress made towards reaching our goals to improve agricultural- and rural communities involved in the export market to the EU.

  • Advise Dutch consumers on the needs that exist in agricultural- and rural communities growing, producing and providing their food.

  • Advise retailers and wholesale companies selling imported food from Africa to support fair and humane working- and living conditions for all involved in the supply chain.