SAMCERT participated in this year’s edition of the SANA international exhibition of organic and sustainable products in Bologna, Italy (8-11 September 2012).
Delegations of producer representatives from cooperatives supported by IFAD projects in Sierra Leone and in Sao Tome and Principe attended, presented their products at the SAMCERT stand and met with commodity buyers.
IFAD and SAMCERT also organized a workshop on 10 September entitled ‘How access to certified markets (organic and fairtrade) can improve smallholders’ income in developing countries‘.
The seminar sought to highlight how IFAD develops value chain partnerships through sustainable certification processes and focused on the role played by the SAMCERT programme.
The seminar included the following presentations:
- How the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) implements value chain programmes through sustainable certification: Roberto Longo (IFAD)
- The case of the SAMCERT grant, a practical tool that enables smallholder farmers in West and Central Africa to access markets for certified sustainable products: Michele Maccari (ICEA-SAMCERT)
- The success story of Fairtrade and organic certified coffee, cocoa and spices in Sao Tome and Principe: Luís Mário Almeida (Manager, Organic Certified Coffee Value Chain) and Ferreira Nascimento Luís (Manager, Fairtrade Certified Cocoa Value Chain).
- The case of Sierra Leone: how former civil war refugees are re-building their farms and cooperatives and seeking organic and Fairtrade certification: John Lahai (Tree crops expert, IFAD, Sierra Leone)
A Panel discussion followed, moderated by David Cuming of the Sustainable Commodity Initiative (SCI), entitled ‘Public-private partnerships on fair trade and organic agriculture – reaching the high hanging fruit’
The panel presentations included the following presentations as well as a stimulating Question and Answer session:
- Certified agricultural production and value chains: Challenges and benefits of a public-private partnerships: Wolfgang Weinmann, Cafédirect
- Public-Private Partnerships – IFOAM Cases: Markus Arbenz, Executive, International Federation of Agricultural Movements, IFOAM
- Public Private Partnerships for Producer Impact: Caroline Hickson, Fairtrade International.
SAMCERT is a 3-year grant generously provided by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and implemented by the Sustainable Commodity Initiative (SCI) and the the Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification(ICEA).
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