We Go Beyond The Benefits Of Organic and Social Certifications
Being present at source offers the possibility to develop and implement community projects that go beyond our organic and social certifications. These projects focus on creating benefits for our employees, the farmers we work with and their communities.
Tradin Organic works with thousands of organic farmers across the world, many of whom are facing environmental challenges such as climate change and soil erosion. To offer our support, we have an extensive team of agronomists based around the globe who pay regular visits to our sourcing projects to provide climate-smart technical advice and monitor production. In some areas, we organize Farmer Field Schools (FFS) to help our farmers boost their productivity, improve the health of their soils and cope with increasingly irregular climate patterns. The topics covered by our Farmer Field Schools range from organic fertilizer production for our sesame farmers in Ethiopia to productivity trainings for our organic cocoa farmers in Sierra Leone.
- Support In Fairtrade Premium Program Development
We are very proud of the organic Fairtrade farmers who are using their Fairtrade Premium to positively impact their communities. A good example of such efforts are the organic coconut farmers in the Philippines, who successfully set up a vermicomposting project, helping to increase the availability of compost. In addition, these farmers started a project for producing organic banana chips which will help to generate additional income for the community.
Our sourcing projects go beyond organic and social certification. The projects enable our organic farmers to generate additional income and create opportunities for families and communities to improve their livelihoods.
For example, Tradin Organic has launched a Child Protection Program for the cocoa farming communities in Sierra Leone. This program represents the next big step in our efforts to eradicate child labor in the cocoa sector. The Child Protection Program in Sierra Leone allows us to create a blueprint that we can expand to other supply chains.
Tradin Organic supports community initiatives for those farmers who are not (yet) Fairtrade certified. In Ethiopia, we supported the construction of a new local school for the children of our sesame farmers and the surrounding communities. In addition, the establishment of a school kitchen for the children of our chia farmers in Peru now provides nutritious meals during their lunch break.