Fairtrade Africa: Support, empowering, capacity building and market access for small agricultural producers in Africa
Fairtrade Africa is a network of producer organizations being part of the Fairtrade system. The network gives a voice to the African producers and supports and empowers current and potential members. One major task of the organization is producer capacity improvement for sustainable businesses by developing and implementing strategies for improving the producers technical, organisational and business capacities. Other major tasks include promoting market access for producers internationally and championing intra-African trade opportunities.
Besides my job as a Researcher at SAP I have a voluntary job in the board of Fairtrade Germany. This gave me the opportunity to meet Chief Adam Tampuri, the board chairman of Fairtrade Africa and Michael Kwame Nkonu, Fairtrade Africa's executive director. Chief Adam himself is a cashew farmer in Ghana and has been recently elected to be the board chairman. Therefore, he has a vivid understanding of the situation of small and marginalized producers in Africa. During our discussions, I have been particularly impressed how Fairtrade Africa does not only run various programs for supporting and empowering small producers and to link them to cooperatives, but also works on programs fighting climate change and adaptation to global warming.