Fairtrade workshops in Fiji, PNG
The annual Fairtrade Pacific Stakeholders Workshops, two international events that serve as a forum for information exchange and training for Fairtrade’s stakeholders in the region, will be held in Fiji and Papua New Guinea between August and October, says a Fairtrade media release.<!--more-->
The Producer Support and Relations team at Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) have been hosting the workshops since 2011. This year’s workshops will congregate more than 60 Fairtrade certified, applicant and pre-applicant farmers, representatives of producer organisations from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga.
The main sessions will include good governance practices for Fairtrade producer organisations, and information communication technology resources as a means to access market information and interact with actors in the supply chain.
Fairtrade certification is underpinned by development and empowerment as its core principles. It encourages long term trading relationships, and guarantees producers a fair and stable minimum price that covers the cost of sustainable production. Fairtrade certified producer organisations also receive the Fairtrade Premium, which they can invest democratically in business and community projects.
Since Fairtrade ANZ began its work in the region, the number of producers belonging to Fairtrade Certified organisations has grown from 3000 to 42,300 individuals, representing ten producer organisations.
Fairtrade Premium earnings have grown from just over US$ 100,000 in 2009 to nearly US$ 5 million in 2013, allowing producer organisations to invest in quality and productivity improvements, community infrastructure, and business development activities.