Fairtrade Asia Pacific Quarter 4 Report, 2016

As the year 2016 drew to an end NAPP organised and conducted, 55 visits and 92 training in the last quarter. In these visits and training 2333 people participated, 65% of who were men and 35% were women. Our staff also participated in 9 advocacy events across the region. One of the key events of this quarter was the Asia Pacific Coffee Forum.

Advocacy

Fairtrade Advocacy week, Brussels: NAPP was represented at the Fairtrade Advocacy week and participated in the workshop with the NFOs and WFTO members. NAPP presented its work in European Parliament to the European Union trade Commissioner.

Advocacy Week in Brussells

Regional International Cooperation in Central Asia and South Caucasus- Recent developments in Agricultural Trade: This event was organized by IAMO-Leibnitz Institute of Agricultural Research in Transition Economies. NAPP representative made a presentation on “Linking Farmers to Export Markets: Fairtrade NAPP in Central Asia, building capacity of Small Farmers and enlarging opportunities for Fair Trade”.

Asia Pacific Coffee Forum

Fairtrade Asia Pacific Coffee Forum, Indonesia: The 2nd Fairtrade Asia Pacific Coffee Forum was organised by NAPP with support from Indonesia Fairtrade Network. 130 participants representing Fairtrade certified SPO, traders, roasters from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and United Kingdom participated. NFO of Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Japan; FMO of Hong Kong and representatives of Fairtrade International attended the forum. Representatives of Asia Pacific Coffee Producer Network were elected in the forum.

Sessions in Asia Pacific Coffee Forum
NAPP and WFTO Meeting

ASEAN Cooperative Business Forum and Civil society organisation forum: In the event, the ASEAN communities and other supporting actors (International development organizations, national government organizations) discussed the challenges in strengthening the public-private-partnership among the farmers, government and private companies through ASEAN Community integration and free trade in the future.

Temu Kopi Annual Coffee Conference hosted by Lutherian World Relief, Indonesia: The forum was attended by nearly 80 participants consisting of farmer organisation (mainly from Sumatra), Traders/Roaster mainly from US, and Indonesia government officials. Topic of discussion: Climate Change, Quality issue, and Price Issue

DevNet conference, New Zealand: In this conference, presentation was given on New Zealand’s international NGOs efforts to use and share project learnings within the sector.

Amsterdam Produce Show 2016

Amsterdam Produce Show 2016, Netherlands: Producers in the show were featured in Fresh Portal and Fresh Plaza, which are influential fresh produce media platforms. Some producers were also able to secure trade connection with Africa in the show.

Highlights of Producer Support Activities Across the Region

These are key highlights of workshops and trainings apart from certification and advisory support provided to applicants, producers and traders.

South Asia

Rice Workshop, India
  • Textile Project & Launch of Textile standard, India: The textile standard was launched at a formal event for traders, associations and brand representatives in order to formally share and discuss information on the standard and program in Tirupur. Several trainings for management and gap assessments have begun with various organizations.
  • Gender Trainings, India: This quarter saw several gender trainings being conducted in the region. This included supervisors training in Assam and Darjeeling, training for Tea producers in South India in Coimbatore as well as for AIFP Board members. Gender strategy of NAPP was also discussed here.
  • Coffee Quality Upgradation Workshop, Kerala, India: This workshop was conducted in partnership with Regional Coffee Research Station (RCRS) Chundale. 60 farmers from three producer organisations Fairtrade Alliance Kerala (FTAK). Indian organic farmer producer company limited (IOFPCL), and Wayanad Social Service Society (WSSS) participated in the workshop. The training covered quality upgradation, soil health management, drought management and field visit to bio control labs.
  • Child Rights, India: Child labour and Child rights training was conducted at one of the tea estates in North-East India. This training was provided both to the workers and management. As an outcome of this training the management realized the need to seek guidance in formulating a policy of child protection and implementing a system to ensure protection of children in and around the tea estate.

South East Asia

  • Cupping course for South East Asia SPOs: A cupping course was organised for the producers of Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, Thailand and Laos.

Sri Lanka, Central Asia & Pakistan

Trainings and Meetings with producers in Sri Lanka
  • Fairtrade Inter Garden Athletic Meet, Sri Lanka: This meet was organized and conducted by Fairtrade National Network of Sri Lanka. Athletes from 14 Hired Labour Organizations competed in this event.
  • Gender Trainings, Pakistan: 2 gender trainings were conducted with producers in Pakistan. While the focus of one of the trainings was on developing a gender policy for the organization the second training focused on Freedom of association protocol awareness, women against sexual harassment at workplace Act 2010, Protection of women against domestic violence Act 2016.
Inter Estate Sports Meet, Sri Lanka

Pacific

  • Vanilla pilot project training, Tonga: This quarter was the final joint training workshop with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Tongan Business Enterprise Centre, for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade funded vanilla pilot project.
  • Fairtrade ANZ’s Producer Library: The roll-out of Producer Library began with two producer organisations located in Papua New Guinea’s isolated and mountainous interior, Unen Choit and Alang Daom.

Organisational Development

Program Development Workshop, India
  • Program Development Workshop, India: This workshop was conducted by NAPP. It was attended by associates from Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and Philippines. Bettina von Redden from Fairtrade Germany shared the best practices from the donor perspective and highlighted the challenges and pitfalls that could be effectively managed. Thematic area of gender was discussed and needs analysis for HL and SPOs was conducted at the workshop.
  • Communication and Media Training, Bonn: Training was organised for the producer network communication representatives, as well as a media training along with FMOs and NFOs. The training included messaging, branding, and communication strategy discussions.
Program Development Workshop, India

Market engagements

  • Fairtrade Japan Visit: Commercial team of Fairtrade Japan visited NAPP and explored the strategies to build markets for Asian producers in Japan.
  • Indonesia Specialty coffee Contest, Takengon: The contest was organised by Indonesia Coffee Exporter association. NAPP had engagements with key traders, government and producers . They were from diverse regions of Indonesia. This included engagement with semi-government body that works closely with coffee business. Engagements were also held with representative of Canada-Indonesia trade and Private sector Assistance project (TPSA).
  • Lu Lus Hypermarket visit (the largest and fastest growing supermarket chain in the Emirates), Dubai: This visit was part of the market planning training and to explore the potential market for products from NAPP region.

Monitoring Evaluation and Learning

Asia Summit, India
  • IRMA Case Study Competition: Case study on MASS “Driven by Sustainability, How One Organization Radically Transformed Itself: The MASS Success Story” came 4th in the Sitaram Rao Livelihoods Case Study Competition organized by IRMA and Access Development Services. It was selected from among 40 case studies submitted across Asia. You can click here to read the case and click here for the results.
  • Household Surveys (System wide project): In this quarter data collection, analysis and report writing for the project was completed. The field work involved household interview of 90 households for two coffee SPOs in India.
Household Surveys, India

Communication

  • Textile Modules: The textile modules were launched in an event in December 2016. Fairtrade Asia Pacific collaborated with award winning designer Vinayak Varma to develop a set of textile modules for factory workers. The module consists of five training modules on; Prevention of Workplace Sexual Harassment, Occupational Health and Safety, Compliance Committee, Non-discrimination and Grievance Mechanism. The modules also included flashcards that can be used as visual aids during the training sessions as well as posters that can be left back at the factory for future reference.
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