FairMatch Support works for all of the actors in a chain. Our activities per actorare singular and diverse, but never stand alone, and together result in an optimal chain. Following is a number of project examples.
Example 1. Pacific Growers Export Partnership
- The objective of PROJECT ‘Pacific Growers Export Partnership’ (PGEP) is to improve the organisation of the primary production of cacao and other commodities in collaboration with local entrepreneurs in Papua New Guinea, Bougainville, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Australia. By realising transparent commercial chains, PGEP targets an improved market position for primary producers. FMS supervises the process of the farmers’ organisation and certification (such as Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance).
- FINANCIERS: 100% Publicly financed by ICCO
- RESULTS: From the start of the project, 12,000 farmers supplied cacao through the new system. The realisation of PGEP has an immediate effect on the prices in various areas (such as Vanuatu), as a result of which farmers have obtained an improved income and trading position. Traceability has increased for buyers and there is an improved view of where the product is coming from.
- STATUS: Started in 2009 with the development of a long-range plan for improvement of traceability, organisation and certification. Term of coaching up to and including 2011.
Example 2. Organisation and quality improvement in the trade in shea nuts
- PROJECT: In order to optimise the processing of shea nuts, the primary production is also improved. FMS is involved in both links in the chains. FairMatch Support supports the primary producers in their organisation, improvement of quality and, if required, certification.
- FINANCIERS: 60% Private; 40% Public (ICCO)
- RESULTS: Currently, 3,800 nut gatherers are involved in the pilot project. The objective is to expand collaboration to 12,000 women-gatherers and delivering traceable, high-quality shea nuts.
- STATUS: Successful pilot in 2010-2011. Follow-up project with a term from 2011-2013.