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Fairtrade Asia Pacific Quarter report 2

Summary

In Q2, 2017 NAPP covered 151 Producer Organizations through 61 field visits and 77 trainings. NAPP team members covered 411 persons (279 Men and 132 women) as part of the field visits, and another 1045 persons (795 men and 350 women) participated in trainings conducted by NAPP and its affiliate resource organization. This quarter the number of trainings and visits were lower than originally planned – due to the lack of funds flow into NAPP in the period. A number of planned activities have been pushed to Q3 for completion. 3 new SPOs - one for vegetables, herbs and spices in Thailand; one for rice in Myanmar; one for sugarcane in India and 1 HL organization for sportsballs in Pakistan got certified this quarter.

Various Governance meetings for NAPP and various national networks took place in this quarter:

  • Vietnam National Network Meeting
  • Fairtrade NAPP Sri Lanka Board Meeting
  • Fairtrade NAPP Sri Lanka Executive Committee Meeting
  • Central Asia Producer Network Meeting
Students from Hongkong visit Fairtrade producers in Sri Lanka
ADVOCACY
  • Annual Pacific Stakeholders Workshop, Papua New Guinea: With the support of New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Fairtrade ANZ held this workshop, focussing on speciality coffee quality training. A coffee grader from Costa Rica and a New Zealand licensee also attended the workshop.
  • Advocacy Workshop for NAPP Board: Magdalena conducted the Advocacy workshop for NAPP board members at the NAPP board meeting on 10th of April 2017. The producers participated with interest and wanted further work to be done on - advocating for Asian FT products & for premium taxation in Indonesia and Pakistan.
  • Tea and Coffee World Cup Singapore Preparation: Global Coffee Team has budget to participate in the Tea and Coffee World Cup which will be held in Singapore from 26-28 of September. NAPP and Fairtrade Australia to jointly coordinate for the event and the preparation for the logistics, producers involvement are in full swing in coordination with the Coffee Global Product Manager.
  • Hongkong Students visit Sri Lankan Producers: A visit was organized in coordination with Fairtrade Hong Kong for a group of students to visit the producers in Sri Lankan. The visit included an introduction of SOFA as well as Fairtrade impact, followed by visit to farmers and premium projects.
MARKET ENGAGEMENT

SOUTH EAST ASIA

  • Global Specialty Coffee Expo, Washington, USA (20-23 April): In this Expo NAPP facilitated forging of ties and building relationship with traders for the producers from Asia Pacific region.
  • Colectivo coffee roaster, Wisconsin USA (23-27 April): Assisted Ketiara as an interpreter. During the support as Interpreter, has discussion with Paul, Ward, and Lincoln (Owner of Colectivo) about Fairtrade, and how Fairtrade, especially NAPP can provide support for roaster like them.

sri lanka, central asia and pakistan

  • USAID Business Grow Initiative project, Kyrgyzstan: NAPP staff facilitated the Tajik SPO Bio-Kishovars to connect with USAID Business Grow Initiative project located in Kyrgyzstan to market their cotton as value added textile from Kyrgyzstan to EU.

INDIA

  • Migros retailer sourcing support: A meeting was organized with the help of FMO India to understand the sourcing requirement of Migros. Based on sourcing requirement NAPP along with FMO India will try to map it with producers through parallel costing, commercial viability etc. to ensure that it works both ways for producers and retailers alike.
partnerships

South East Asia and China

  • Credit Union League of Thailand: Conducted a meeting with, federation of cooperative in Thailand to explore collaboration in providing training for certified SPOs in Thailand and Laos. An agreement for the collaboration will be drafted, detailing the curriculum.
  • UKM centre of Syiah Kuala University, Indonesia: Under this partnership training is provided on finance and accounting to 3 SPOs in Aceh region.
  • Coordination meeting with chief of Agriculture and plantation department of NTT province: Agenda of the meeting was regarding Flores Coffee and access to market. It has been agreed to have further coordination with the local Associate to develop a better strategy for Flores coffee’s growth.
  • Potential partnership with China Merchandise Association, China: Had talks with China Merchandise Association to explore potential of being part of its sustainable consumption campaign. Joined the ISEAL China groups

sri lanka, central asia and pakistan

  • We Effect, Sri Lanka: In Sri Lanka, NAPP staff was invited to participate in a meeting convened by WeEffect to develop their country program for Sri Lanka. WeEffect is a well-established right based INGO engaged in poverty alleviation and Gender related activities. We were able to strengthen the professional linkages and relationship with We Effect. We Effect agreed to collaborate and partner with Fairtrade NAPP producer support for relevant projects/ programs/ bids and interventions, particularly in Sri Lanka.
  • Ethical Trade Initiative, Pakistan: In Pakistan, NAPP staff participated in a meeting with Ethical Trade Initiative to make them aware of Fairtrade and discuss possibilities for collaboration with NAPP.
  • Partnership engagement with Doaba Foundation, Pakistan: In Pakistan NAPP staff met Doaba Foundation for cooperation with them on capacity building and business opportunities for rice farmers. The Doaba foundation in Pakistan Agreed to sign a MoU with NAPP to facilitate development of rice farmers.
  • Partnership MoU with GiZ and a producer, Pakistan: NAPP staff visited and participated in the signing of MOU event between HLO Vision (producer) and GIZ in their collaboration under their Labour Standards project, to implement productivity improvement activities and support compliance with labour standards. Vision technologies will now be able to access GIZ support for capacity building.

INDIA

  • Partnership with Fairtrade Germany & Aldi: Designing of Aldi led to consultation with the 3 tea producers. Their cooperation and insights led to developing a strong program that was submitted by Fairtrade Germany to Aldi for approval. Fairtrade Germany proposal to Aldi has been accepted and a contract is being signed between the entities. Fairtrade Germany is awaiting clarity on NAPP to further empanel NAPP as the implementing partner.
  • Partnership with Rietzel: Buy-in was secured from Reitzel for conducting IVRS facilitated dissemination of information on Fairtrade standards and GAP. This program will be piloted on a shoe string budget in partnership with ITforChange who have pioneered it in Mysore region.
  • TRAID bi annual reporting: This project aims to address the current under-supply of non-GM cotton seeds in India by providing a sustainable and reliable supply of non-GM cotton seeds for 1,500 farmers in one of the cooperatives. It will provide environmental benefits relative to non-GM crops, including better resistance to climate variations and water shortages, as well as improving the market value of the crop itself. The programme is being run under the supervision of a qualified agronomist and plant breeder, and will involve producer stakeholders throughout the project duration, engaging them to take ownership of the project and ensure its sustainability past the project period’s end.
  • Proposals developed on various themes to FTF-UK for consideration for cotton on livelihoods; income generation, water conservation; productivity.
  • Switch Asia: NAPP was part of 3 consortiums to put in a concept notes for Switch-Asia 2017. One was focused on Bangladesh rice with Traidcraft, Helvetas, Christian Aid; second was with CARE India and Inter Cooperation for Cashew supply chain in South India; third was with Fairtrade International and Fairtrade India to develop Fairtrade in India. Two of the consortiums (CARE and Fairtrade International) were shortlisted for submitting the final proposal. NAPP contributed to the 2 proposals and results are awaited.
  • Fairtrade Italy invited NAPP to be a part of a consortium to develop spice supply chain from Sri Lanka. NAPP consulted FT certified spice producers of SL and shared inputs to the proposal that was led by a leading Italian NGO, namely ICEI, Italian Spice retailer Canamela along with University of Milan, Univ of Rajarata and Ecowave.
projects and consultations
BTC Project Update-VIETNAM
  • 3 of the cocoa groups included in this project have been audited. One of them received training on marketing this quarter.
  • Video film of the project has been shot along with a monitoring trip by BTC.
  • An article on BTC and NAPP project has been written and will be published soon.
  • BTC donor visit and mid project review was facilitated. The visit also led to meetings with EC in Hanoi and Belgium Embassy in Hanoi. This also led to interaction with VIRI, a Vietnamese organization that is currently implementing an EC project on Fair trade in Vietnam.
  • Donor was keen on understanding every nitty gritty of the project and was totally invested throughout the entire visit. In partnership with the Belgium embassy and VCA we hope to host the advocacy event in September 2017
  • Marketing of the FT certified cocoa is essential now for the success of the project.
TEXTILE PROJECT UPDATE
  • Four trainings were conducted for one of the textile mills in India: The trainings covered topics; Health & Safety, Grievance redressal and anti-sexual harassment. Management and workers were included. The objective of the training was to familiarise the management on the aspects and features of textile standards. Also, the agenda was to facilitate the implementation of the standards.
FAIRTRADE CONSULTATIONS
  • Global Coffee Consultation (South East Asia): NAPP staff participated in discussion about Keurig Green Mountain Sourcing Policy, and to advocate to them to remain Fairtrade licensee. Keurig remains the largest licensee for Fairtrade in the last few years. However, since its takeover by Coca cola company, Keurig has been thinking of developing their own sustainable scheme.
  • Progress on development of code of conduct for Capture fisheries: Sumedha is leading NAPP’s efforts on developing a code of conduct for capture fisheries in order to make a compelling case to Fairtrade International for considering including capture fisheries into the scope of Fairtrade. Initial/exploratory discussions commenced with Seafood Watch regarding potential for partnering with the Code from the Sustainability of Fisheries angle. There is continued interest in Fairtrade capture fishery production from Sri Lanka, expressed by the ILO, the Sri Lankan Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) as well as Sea Food Watch and Dr. Steve Creech (expert marine biologist and consultant to ILO and FIP). The demand for sustainably and ethically sourced and fairly traded Capture fishery products in the US, UK and European markets continues to grow, owing to concerns of consumers regarding gross human rights violations in this sector and exploitative fishing practices that negatively impact sustainability of sea food supplies.
  • Engagement with HWA-Austrian NFO: There has been regular engagement with HWA (Austrian NFO) to develop an action plan for conducting a training on FT certification for Business Intermediary Organizations in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. GAP, HACCP, ISO and Fairtrade standards will be considered for further application from exporting companies.
  • Cocoa COSP study: Fairtrade International has undertaken a project with NAPP to conduct the COSP-study for cocoa in Asia region. The objective of the study is to provide Fairtrade with a complete and detailed list of cost items related to the sustainable production of Fairtrade cocoa in Asia Pacific. The list of cost items include all production costs, starting at the crop establishment, up until the level where the cocoa beans are delivered Free on Board (FOB) in the port of origin. The scope of this consultancy project includes providing an exhaustive list of the indicators that make up the cost of production, collecting primary data from producers with support from Fairtrade, analysing the information collected and provide final results.
  • Living Income Workshop in Bonn, Germany: A draft on living income has been developed in the workshop. There will be further deliberation on it with the Leadership team of Fairtrade International. The objective is to integrate the learning as part of the overall global strategy.
producer and trader support
producer support-Sri lanka, central asia & pakistan
  • The team attended the AGM as well as a field visit to Small Organic Growers Organization (Sri Lanka) for familiarizing them with some of the standards.
  • Certificate advisory support provided to 2 Hired Labour Organizations for cut-foliage apart from providing remote assistance to other producers in Sri Lanka and Tajikistan.
  • Post-audit premium training was held for 4 Hired Labour Organizations (Tea) and needs assessment was conducted for one of the SPOs.
  • Fairtrade promotion support was provided to the Processing Co. “Oro- Isfara”, Trader “Golden Fruits” (Tajikistan), by developing and giving them the following presentations for use in their Fairtrade promotional activities with interested companies in Tajikistan.
producer support-india
  • Mock audits were conducted for some of the tea estates in North East India (Chamong Tea Exports & Tongnagaon Tea Estate). This included Fairtrade Premium Management, GAP assessment. 2 additional trainings for other tea estates were held for worker representatives and the management on Fairtrade standards awareness.
  • Training on Fairtrade Standards to Janara Samuha Mutual Benefit Trust was conducted where 30 field workers participate in the training. This SPO is providing smokeless Chulikas (Stoves) to women in and around Raichur District.The support for the Chulika project is coming to an end. The SPO would like further funding for this project and other carbon credit projects that they may undertake in the near future.
  • Training on Premium planning and management: The training was to Kisan Suvidha Famers Producers Company Limited, Bhakrapet, Andhra Pradesh. 10 governing body members were trained on planning and management of the premium received. The SPO is aware of the need to do community development and has therefore set aside an amount for this purpose.
producer support- south east asia
  • Finance and accounting training, Indonesia: Three SPOs in Takengon have been trained to use an Excel application for compiling finance reports. The trainers were from UKM centre. Apart from the SPO staff the Board of directors, and manager were trained on the tool. This was part of the follow up action planned during last quarter training. This training was funded by the SPOs Premium fund. More SPOs will conduct similar training in coming quarter. At the end of the training it was ensured that the staff were able to use the tool effectively.
  • Accounting and financial reporting training, Flores Island; Indonesia: The training was provided to managers, finance staff and premium committee members of the 3 SPOs in the region. The topics covered under training were: (1) Introduction to accounting (2) Documenting financial transaction (3) Finance management system (4) Finance overview and reporting (5) Finance report analysis.
  • Climate change training, Vietnam: Training was provided as part of the FT coffee project proposal on climate change. 15 cooperatives have a proposal with clear plan of action for climate change adaptation. Learning has been that farmers will be able to work on issues such as climate change project proposal with appropriate support by NAPP.
support to applicants or new producers
  • Haithukuli tea estate (India) was made aware of the Fairtrade standards as well as a GAP assessment was conducted for them vis a vis the Fairtrade standard requirements. Similarly, mock audits were conducted for Belsari tea estate.
  • GAP analysis and training on Fairtrade standard to Great Giant Pineapple company (GGPC) (Indonesia) who is the 1st applicant for Hired Labour Standard in Indonesia. They produce and export pineapple and are based in Sumatra Island. During the initial visit, apart from familiarizing them with Fairtrade principles and values and Hired Labour standard, GAP assessment was undertaken.
  • Fairtrade standard training to NiraSatria cooperative (Indonesia) was conducted. This is a coconut and sugar producing organisation in Central Java. apart from familiarizing them (included board members) with Fairtrade principles and values, training was conducted on Compliance criteria applicable for their application and initial audit. The session was attended by 22 participants.
  • Visit was undertaken for a potential new rice applicant in Pakistan.
  • Certification support to 4 new coconut producers in Sri Lanka.
  • Health and Safety Standards Training was undertaken for Brown Angelo (Pakistan) to make the management aware of the need for improving Health and Safety standards.
  • Initial Audit FPC Training was conducted for Comet Sports (a new applicant in Pakistan).
Trader Support
  • South East Asia: Training on Fairtrade compliances for new trader applicant was conducted for PMA staff and CEO. This training was attended by 7 participants. In addition, certification support was provided to Zhejiang Tea Group and Guangdong Tea Import and Export.
  • Sri Lanka: Certification support and advise was given to CocoBio - applicant processor and trader of coconuts to prepare for their initial audit.
  • Kyrgyztan: 3 day orientation workshop was organized around Fairtrade standards and certification process for two business intermediary organizations– Agrolead and TES- center.
  • Meetings with NESPRESSO and Olam, Indonesia: There are on going meetings and discussion with NESPRESSO and Olam in Indonesia to develop their Fairtrade coffee supply chain.
  • Facilitated new traders certification, China: Support was provided in communication with FLOCERT. Questions of potential applicants traders were answered and applicants were helped.
  • Mahabahu Trading Company, Assam, India: Met few other trading aggregators working with the Producer organisations dealing with Bay Leaf; Spices, etc., and shared with them the concept of Fairtrade and how it shall help the organisation in uplifting its social stature.
MONITORING, EVALUATION & LEARNING
  • Living Wage Meeting, Pakistan: NAPP staff (Shakir), attended a Meeting on Living Wage with the Pakistani HLOs post the recently concluded living wage study based on Anker methodology for sports balls industry.
  • Living Wage Study, Tea, Sri Lanka: The Living wage study done with Sri Lankan Tea plantations, supported by NAPP staff was shared among key stakeholders for their comments and feedback.
  • MEL working group: NAPP participated in the MEL working group meeting remotely. The objective of the meeting was to have an alignment with the global MEL team on various work streams. The sessions were on themes such as; Data governance including consent to release, CODImpact, Household survey findings, SOAS study, research: ways of working.
  • Digitization of Monitoring Forms: The intranet is in the final stages of customisation. The intranet can be rolled out for all the NAPP staff. A series of webinars will have to be conducted to ensure seamless transition for the team members. There is a need to make the intranet as the sole platform for reporting on monitoring forms and financial claims.
  • Monthly update on producer organisations: We have re initiated the monthly updates on the producer organisations in Asia Pacific region. Parameters such as certification status and products are tracked in this update.
  • Evaluation of “Fairtrade for Development in Asia & Development of Fair Carbon Credits (FCC)”: The afore-mentioned project was implemented with the funding support of Bread for the World (BFTW), over the period January 2014- June 2017. A third-party evaluation of the project was proposed to be conducted in June-July 2017.
  • Follow up on Tea Scoping Study held in association with UK Fairtrade Foundation and ILO: Various stakeholders like Govt bodies, NGOs, Private players like TGBL, etc., were consulted post the field visits for their feedback on the type of interventions they feel appropriate based on their market association and further sent to the team working on the papers. The research study had a positive impact on the stakeholders as they did ensure their participation in longer run to sustain the sector.
  • Need Assessment Study; Tea, Assam: The study was supported by FTF-UK, and lead by External Consultant, and consultant from ILO. The Team comprising of representative from FTF-UK, NAPP, and two overseas Consultant, and one local Consultant, conduct field study and interview with various stakeholders of Tea Industry in Assam and Kolkata. The team at the end of the Field trip also briefed the representatives of Two Tea Companies, and the ITA on the findings and possibilities of adopting Rapid Market Approach Strategy, to address the needs arising out the study. Tea Companies and ITA, were supportive about the idea of RMA, and specifically ITA had offered for future programmatic collaboration, as would be feasible. Contacts with several NGO in Assam were made, like UNICEF, North East Network etc. were established, and also suppliers of fertilizers & Pesticides, and PPE’s, to engage in partnership to address the needs of the workers in Tea Estates of Assam.
COMMUNICATIONS
  • “Cooking & eating brings people closer together” marketing event of Fair Trade Original Netherlands: NAPP staff facilitated and participated in this event in Sri Lanka. Mr. Martin Boon and a team of Marketing people, a photographer and a journalist visited the homes of some of the tea producers and workers, farmers and tea puckers capturing their day to day living and activities. This was also a great opportunity for our producers and management (in the case of Tea plantations) to understand how their products are being marketed among the Fairtrade consumers.
  • Making a business case for Fairtrade – case of cane sugar in Uttar Pradesh: Information dossier (SPO profile & benefits of being FT certified) on the certified SPOs selling sugarcane (Karnataka, Maharashtra) was prepared for use by FMO, India for business development with a potential sugar processor in Uttar Pradesh
organization development
  • Shadow Audit Training, Sri Lanka: NAPP staff from Sri Lanka participated in a shadow audit in India along with FLOCERT Auditor. This helped in building insights regarding how FLOCERT audits are conducted and also what auditors look for during producer audits. The aim is to give this same opportunity to the rest of the team members as soon as possible, as it would help them to understand the producer standards and compliance criteria in a practical manner.
  • Household and Community Level data collection refresher training: The training was conducted by Fairtrade International MEL team. The objective of the training was the share the changes in the tools since the last House hold survey and plan for the upcoming survey of 2017. MEL representatives of CLAC and FTA participated in the trainings. The household survey will be conducted in the coffee SPOs of Indonesia and Vietnam during Q3 & Q4, 2017. This is great opportunity to do an in-depth study of coffee SPOs in Asia Pacific region.
  • Webinar training by Mercy Corps of US: This was provided on their Grant Management System. This webinar was conducted thanks to the efforts of Liz of Fairtrade America. The system evolved over 12 years and is now a comprehensive system to manage grants across the globe effectively. This can be adapted by NAPP to manage grants and programs.
  • ISEAL webinar on Living Wage Research: Webinar by ISEAL on living wage research conducted by Anker couple using the Anker methodology. Learnt about the key parameters used in Anker methodology. Interestingly, Vietnam fared comparatively well with regards to other developing countries facing similar issues.
  • Advocacy workshop, Bonn: The workshop focused on the System Wide Project (SWP) funding received and the work undertaken by the three PNs on advocacy. Discussions on the Living Income/Wage/climate change adaptation programmes were undertaken. NAPP outlined the work (completed and envisaged) with the advocacy funding received.
  • Global Resource Mobilisation workshop: This workshop was attended virtually. The focus was on how new financial resources could be secured and partnerships forged so as to enable FI organisations implement objectives set out under its 2020 strategy. NAPP shared its perspectives on GRM, systems/processes in place and work envisaged.

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