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Fair trade, forests and food security: a win–win situation? What can fair trade offer organized small farmers for improving food security? Experiences.

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1 Fair trade, forests and food security: a win–win situation? What can fair trade offer organized small farmers for improving food security? Experiences from the field: Tree Aid, Ragussi and ECOCERT, Burkina Faso Ludovic Conditamde, Tree Aid, Burkina Faso

2 TREE AID PERSPECTIVE TREE AID is not yet working in fair trade, but some moves in that direction include:  Support to 428 non-timber forest products (NTFPs) entrepreneur groups in Burkina & Mali  Assisting 5 631villagers (79% women) in marketing 27 NTFPs from 9 species & various nectar plants in Burkina  Main weakness: lack of professional skills among producers, discouraging entrepreneurs from buying from villagers

3 TREE AID PERSPECTIVE  Average annual income/capita (Burkina) = $430  Average annual income/rural women (Burkina)= $60  Surplus income generated by VTE project per entrepreneur = $12 to $550  NTFPs contribution to household income = 3.94% for rich, but 90% for poor  4 types of possible groupings in Burkina & Mali for fair trade process: Grouping by product The geographical grouping Structuring per value chain Adherence to existing organizations

4 RAGUSSI ASSOCIATION  Lack of customers  17 tonnes of shea butter lost (Europe + credit)  Ragussi Association closed between 1998 & 2003 because it was unable to repay loans A women’s organization producing shea butter and by-products, created in Burkina Faso in 1994 for women’s empowerment Historical challenges: experience

5 Experience of Ragussi in Fair Trade Benefits  Organic & fair trade labelling  Conventional & organic shea butter (biokarité) certified by ECOCERT  Main market: Occitane, France  Occitane pays Ragussi 80% in advance  Organic/fair trade shea butter: producers received double price of conventionally-marketed products  Social premium = 10% of sales  Cost of certification: Occitane provides a 3-year grant  Support from local partners & project in Burkina as well as from international partners

6 Experience of Ragussi in fair trade Benefits o Better redistribution of revenues to 1660 members o Training in natural regeneration of trees o Shea butter waste used as combustible energy o 20 compost pits developed o Awareness-raising in AIDS & HIV testing for 200 women o Social projects developed using the social premium:  A literacy teaching centre for women  Daily lunch at women’s training courses  Sponsored events

7 Experience of Ragussi in fair trade Key constraints and challenges o Resource not widely available o Shortage of financial resources to buy appropriate land, including shea trees o Disappointment at production capacity of shea tree: 5 kg required for 20 kg of raw produce Lessons learnt o Basic market research needed before adopting organic/fair trade models o Organic labelling should come first, followed by fair trade labelling

8 Experience of Ragussi in fair trade Prospects /future plans o Extension of organic- certified zones o Finding new outlets o Developing new products o Decentralizing the production centre and building 3 others

9 ECOCERT o ECOCERT is an independent company and an inspection and certification body of organic products founded in France in 1991 Views of ECOCERT on key challenges in Burkina o Many organizations involved in fair trade o Poor visibility and lack of the necessary resources to advertise products

10 ECOCERT fair trade in Burkina Faso o A national platform to give visibility to fair trade for small organizations was created in 2010 o The EFT standard (ECOCERT Fair Trade) applies to food, cosmetics and textiles meeting both organic farming and fair trade criteria o Social, economic and environmental criteria are checked all along the value chain o Potential forest products to be traded under fair trade: shea butter, oil and pulp of the baobab tree (Adansonia digitata), oil of Balanites aegyptiaca o Potential zones for fair trade and buffer zones of protected forests

11 Questions for discussion 1.What are the preconditions for adding value through fair trade by small and medium- sized forest enterprises, thus helping improve food security for local people? 2.What new forest products could fair trade promote? 3.What are the critical factors for private- sector and institutional support for fair trade in forest products by local small and medium-sized forest enterprises?


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