Published: 17/1/2012 | 2182 views
This practical manual "Guide to establishment of community-based aquaculture management groups" was prepared by the national team of Vietnam under the ASEAN Foundation supported project "“Strengthening capacity of small holder ASEAN aquaculture farmers for competitive and sustainable aquaculture
Published: 17/4/2008 | 2245 views
Many issues affect the participation of small-scale farmers in markets for certified, high-value products. This policy brief provides an overview of the issues and a number of policy recommendations for countries and governments, with a focus on private-sector standards related to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).
This technical brief was prepared by the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-industries Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO. Further information can be found on the FAO website
Published: 17/9/2007 | 2021 views
Fairtrade, an Alternative for Small Farmers
Fairtrade is aimed at benefiting those who find it difficult to sell into the international market and to trade responsibly and profitably when they do. Fairtrade brings benefits such as access to the market, with increased sales and increased income as well as advice and support. Producers are expected to use these benefits to increase their organisations? ability to trade responsibly and to respect and improve the lives of those who work with them, the communities in which they work and the environment. The benefits are also to be used by any workers employed to improve their living and working conditions and those of their communities.
Small farmers can join Fairtrade if they have formed organisations (such as cooperatives), which are able to help the social and economic development of their members and their communities. Small farmers are usually understood to be those who don?t depend on hired labour to work their farms all year. They might use some seasonally hired workers, but mainly they managing their farm using their own and their family?s labour. The organisation should be democratically controlled by the members. These organisations can be given a certificate by FLO-Cert which allows them to be called Fairtrade if they comply with the requirements in the ?Generic Fairtrade Standard for Small Farmers? Organisations?. For standards related to hired labour situations, you should look at the document called Generic Fairtrade Standard for Hired Labour. The words ?farmer? and ?producer? are used interchangeably.
FLO standards follow certain internationally recognised standards and conventions, especially those of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
FLO also requires that producer organisations and companies abide by national legislation or the international standards whichever is the highest.
FLO generic standards apply to all situations whatever the product, unless the product specific standard is higher. FLO product specific standards apply in addition to the generic standard and relate to one product or a group of specific products.
Published: 26/12/2006 | 1925 views
This is a report of an expert meeting: Enabling Small Commodity Producers and Processors in Developing Countries to Reach Global Markets, Geneva, 11-13 December 2006. In bringing together expertise from the public sector, private sector, civil society and academia, a platform was provided for the development of common understandings about the predicament of small commodity producers and a foundation was put in place for the consolidation of multistakeholder partnerships that can deliver comprehensive solutions enabling small producers to construct sustainable livelihoods. The meeting papers and presentations are available from HERE