FAIRTRADE ASIA PACIFIC Quarter 3 Report - 2016

Quarter 3 of Fairtrade Asia Pacific began with a team meeting which brought together the entire staff for the first time, post transition to develop a strategic vision for NAPP. Several capacity-building trainings were organised this quarter for the staff as well. Apart fro mthat, 59 visits and 69 trainings were held with 202 producer organisations. The visits and trainings saw the participation of 1,948 people, 65% of whom were men and 35% women. Our staff also participated in nine advocacy events across the regions both as participants as well as speakers.


The HPAIR Harvard Summit 2016: Ayan Banerjee, CEO, Fairtrade Asia Pacific attended the HPAIR Harvard summit 2016 in Hong Kong. The HPAIR Harvard Conference brought together over 200 participants from the world’s top universities and 100 speakers to discuss the most pressing issues in the Asia-Pacific region. For FTP, it was an opportunity to engage potential advocacy and coalition partners as well as generate visibility. Ayan was a speaker in the ‘Environment and Sustainability’ category and spoke on ‘Resource allocation access and protection of the Environment’.

Aziz Rasulov represented FTAP at 4th Central Asian Trade Forum
  • Fourth Central Asian Trade Forum-Export Potential in Trade Development: Perspectives of Central Asian Countries and their trade partners in Central Asia, Kazakhstan: The forum was an opportunity to introduce Fairtrade and its mission to the participants. Further, participants from Tajikistan expressed their wish for cooperation is handicrafts sector.
  • Workshop on Agri-Food Supply Chains in Cross-Border Trade of Nuts and Dried Fruit, Uzbekistan organised by the UNDP and UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe): This workshop enabled participants to increase their awareness about international standards and best practices to increase cross-border trade in agricultural produce – Quality and Food safety requirements for trade in Central Asia.
  • ILO Workshop for national level NGOs, Pakistan: The ILO organised a workshop with several National NGOs to share a draft policy for home-based workers and drawing a road map for future interventions. The ILO officials were briefed about Fairtrade with an emphasis on sports ball producers. ILO officials expressed interest in meeting the Pakistani Producers National Network to explore ways of collaboration.
advocacy-thailand & Indonesia
  • Meeting with The Director-General, Ministry of Commerce, Royal Government of Thailand: Important relationship has been forged between FTAP and the Thai government. The MOC has expressed willingness to help connect FTAP with the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Cooperatives.
Senthil Nathan, Chen Fye and Rakesh Supkar with representatives from the WFTO
  • Meeting with the WFTO Thailand: This meeting was held with the objective to strengthen the working relationship with WFTO, vis-a-vis a session convened for a joint event in October.
  • Development planning agency at a provincial level (BAPPEDA): FTAP has made beginnings in engagement with this agency.
advocacy-sri lanka

National Program meeting, We-Effect (Swedish Cooperative Centre): FTAP participated in the National Program meeting of We-Effect. A presentation was made to orient the participants about Fairtrade Principles and its functioning in Sri Lanka, the region and the world. This meeting has laid a foundation for future collaboration on common programmes that are in line with the vision and mission of both organisations.

Stori Bilong Fairtrade Exhibition, Depot Artspace, Auckland

Stori Bilong Fairtrade Exhibition: A three week exhibition consisting of photographs of Fairtrade producers from the Pacific, New Zealand Fairtrade-certified licensees as well as training materials from the Fairtrade Producer Library illustrating the Fairtrade system. The exhibition was supported through Fairtrade ANZ’s partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

Subhra Prakash Tudu conducted several workers and management trainings in estates in Assam, India. Many of these trainings had a special gender component.

Worker and management trainings for multiple Tea Estates in Assam and Darjeeling were conducted. A review of status of workers who have been in Fairtrade for years was done and the Fairtrade vision discussed with the management and workers. Various actions of compliance were reflected upon, including the Training for FPC members, Participation of general workers in AGM and election of FPC members, FTP planning – Assessment of need, project formulation and approval, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of FTP project, Grievance Procedure, Redressal for Sexual Harassment, Health & Safety, Delivery of workers’ entitlements, CBA etc. Various cases were reflected on to account for the change in terms of - perspective, self-realisation, collective, sensitisation/awareness and education, systems, culture etc. Other aspects covered during the training included Fairtrade strategy, causes of poverty among workers, sustainable development, social development, discrimination of workers, forced labour vis-a-vis violation of overtime regulation in Tea Estates, Child Labour & Child Protection, Step-by-step on YICBM & R. Analysis/Reflection on Case-studies.

Climate Change Training-Uzbekistan
Climate Change Training with producers from Uzbekistan being conducted by Aziz Rasulov

Visits were made to SPO Turkiston Gulba, SPO Turob Bobo, and Trader-Pearls of Samarkand to prepare for a training on adaptation to climate change. It was based on the Programmatic approach to Climate Change and Fairtrade Climate Standards where 30 participant members of three SPO – Turob Bobo, Turkiston Gulba and Dostkul Bogi attended. It was supported by a competent expert consultant.

fairtrade spo training-china
Senthil Nathan, Rakesh Supkar and Chen Fye at the China SPO training focused on marketing strategies, Thailand

Senthil Nathan conducted a training focusing on marketing strategies as part of a SPO training with the producers from China. The producer visit was organised to learn and adopt best practices. The training was to enable the SPOs of China to have an in-depth understanding of how value chains work and what are roles can be played by SPOs in the dynamic value chains, in particular, and to develop niche market with their safer and environmentally friendly produce.

producer visits-pakistan
Sumedha and Shakir Hussain visited sports ball manufacturers and fruits producers in Pakistan
  • Needs Assessment: Visits and meetings were held with the Pakistani National Producer Network, the FTOs of five sportsball producers as well as member representatives of two Fairtrade Premium committees and workers to ascertain the support that Fairtrade can provide based on their needs, and address Fairtrade related issues/constraints to enable sustainability and the growth of Fairtrade in Pakistan. The FTOs agreed to come up with collective proposals about the way forward in Pakistan, from 2017 and beyond, for the FTO and marketing training event in Dubai, which was scheduled for November.
  • Transition from Contract Production to SPOs: The management and farmers of one of the contract production fruit producers jointly agreed upon the need for transition to SPO but requested more time to evaluate the pros and cons, to weigh the impact on their income and premium as well as the business of Mountain fruits. Two farmer groups volunteered to try out functioning as SPOs to ascertain the constraints and benefits over a period of one year, so that they can take a firm decision on the way forward.
trader support-pakistan & sri lanka
  • Rice trader, Pakistan: Fairtrade Awareness and certification training was given to a Pakistani processor/trader interested in Fairtrade certification of his supply chain for Basmati rice from Pakistan. The trader has requested urgent certification of his processing centre, export company and his supplier farmer organisation, under the SPO set up, in order not to avail the market opportunity.
  • Constraints mapping of Sports balls traders: Visits were made to Fairtrade-certified sports balls producer companies to identify constraints they face in increasing the current low sales and premiums, and keeping themselves certified in these circumstances. The management of the companies appreciated the visit and opportunity for them to discuss these issues openly and seek their ideas to overcome the constraints and increase sales and premiums. They discussed several strategies and plan to present the same, to FTAP through their FTOs at the upcoming FTO training in November 2016.
  • Fairtrade awareness meeting with Traders, Sri Lanka: A one-day awareness meeting with traders was organized with 17 representatives of all the Fairtrade certified Trader/Processor/Exporters in Sri Lanka with SPO supply chains to discuss how to increase Fairtrade markets/sales and premiums for their suppliers. The workshop gave traders an opportunity to network with each other and discuss the problems and opportunities in their respective fields.
capacity building for resource mobilisation
Mariam Thomas at the BMZ Proposal Writing Workshop, India and Mariam Thomas and Erwin Novianto at the Resource Mobilization Workshop, Nairobi
  • BMZ Proposal Writing Workshop: The FTAP Participation was supported by Fairtrade Germany. The workshop was facilitated by Bertold Trittler, former Coordinator of Bengo, the German Advisory Centre for NGOs in development cooperation. Majority of the participants were organisations from India, few from Sri Lanka and one from Nepal. The three days covered BMZ funding regulations, non-profit eligibility guidelines, how to analyse and present - the "problem situation" and articulate intervention, goals and objectives. The workshop also underscored the need for clarity in financial allocation, that efforts were made to identify and minimise potential risks and facilitate programme sustainability.
  • Resource Mobilisation Workshop, Nairobi: The workshop brought together 28 participants (46% women), including staff from its three regions (WAN, SAN, EAST), representatives from three NFOs, from NAPP and from FI, as well as staff from FTA’s secretariat. The workshop was facilitated by Wangeci Gitata (FTA), David Finlay (FTF), Sarah Lagente (MH-FR) and Kelly Hawrylyshyn (FI). FTAP gained tools and insights to mobilise resources for work with producers. This helped in creating avenues for global collaboration and ways of working to jointly mobilise resources. Participating in this workshop provided good insights into the fundraising processes, challenges and opportunities. The interaction enabled in building common synergies on what is expected when submitting a proposal.
FTAP Team Meeting
Work and play at the team meeting

NAPP held a six-day team building workshop which was the first meeting post transition. This included workshops on MEL, Gender and Climate Change, Team Diagnostics and Vision and Strategy. The meeting was very fruitful with participants actively contributing to building the FTAP Vision statement. Regional teams finalised work plans and engaged with other team members to arrive at ways to effectively work together.

Monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Tea and SPO Study: Field work for Tea study in Sri Lanka, South India and North India were successfully concluded with the support of FTAP staff in the regions. Similarly, the SPO study field work was concluded in Indonesia and India.
  • System Wide Project- Household Survey: This is the first longitudinal analysis done internally at a household level which can give us interesting information on impact. A team was hired and trained on all the tools. The field work was completed in one organisation with 30 households surveys, data was digitised and shared with the global team in a timely manner. Preparations for the second field work has begun.
  • NFOs and PNs information sharing project: Sensitive and non-sensitive information of producers categorised along with inputs from team. The project includes setting up processes and legal checks through decision making tree in order to share information with ease but caution.

Fairtrade Asia Pacific is partnering with its fellow producer networks, Fairtrade Africa and Coordinadora Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Comercio Justo (CLAC) on Humans of Fairtrade, a social media platform where Fairtrade-certified producers will share their personal experiences with the Fairtrade Label. For more details, visit http://www.fairtradenapp.org/announcements/.

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