SAMCERT is a 3-year project the goal of which is to assist rural producers participating in IFAD projects in utilising sustainable certification programmes (Fairtrade, Organic, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Certified, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil etc.) to improve their economic, environmental and social situation.
The project was implemented in the following countries and value chains: Sierra Leone (cocoa), Liberia (cocoa and coffee), Ghana (shea butter and baobab), Senegal (hibiscus), Sao Tomé e Principe (cocoa, coffee and pepper), Indonesia cocoa), Guatemala (coffee) and Nicaragua (coffee).
SAMCERT’s three main components:
- Rural smallholder knowledge and institution building: Increasing the knowledge that targeted smallholder producers, related institutions and IFAD staff have of sustainability certifications, in order to identify, promote and develop supply chain partnerships in support of smallholder farmers.
- GAP analysis: Identifying gaps between current practices, based on sustainable production and business management, and the compliance criteria (environmental, economic and social) of the above-mentioned standards.
- Developing partnerships with key market actors: Working with IFAD staff to develop certification based supply chain partnerships to increase market access for smallholder producers, including the development of MOUs/Public-Private Partnerships (PPP).
The project’s implementing partners (Agrofuturo and ICEA) will be presenting key project results (from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Senegal, Sao Tomé e Principe, Indonesia, Guatemala and Nicaragua) along with IFAD staff and representatives of private companies.
For information, please contact David Cuming: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAMCERT Final Workshop
IFAD Headquarters, Via Paolo di Dono, 44
The workshop can be viewed in streaming at: webcasting.ifad.org/samcert