In 2013 Fairtrade Africa completed its first internal performance report. The report captured Fairtrade Africa’s achievements between 2010 and 2013 and our progress towards our strategic objectives. It also documented member feedback on our service delivery. To read the performance reports please follow the link here.
For every ongoing project Fairtrade Africa conducts a baseline study, a mid-term internal evaluation and an externally commissioned project evaluation on completion of the project. To see results from our ongoing projects please see below.
Access to Finance In 2013 Shared Interest Foundation and Fairtrade Africa received funding from Comic Relief for a two-year project called Access to Finance. This project is being implemented in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana and Côte D’Ivoire and builds on previous work which was also supported by Comic Relief under the Special Initiatives grant. In 2013 90 Producer organizations across Africa (both Fairtrade and non-Fairtrade WFTO certified.) were trained on financial management and Sources of Finance. Of these 29 were selected for further business mentoring where they received needs-based training with a professional consultant. As a result GBP £947,000 was disbursed in loans from Shared Interest Foundation in 2013 to fund loans from producer organizations in Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. To learn more about our Year one project results please follow the link here.
Expanding Fairtrade Gold to Africa In 2012 Fairtrade Africa, alongside ARM, Solidaridad and Fairtrade Foundation launched the ‘Extending Fairtrade Gold to Africa’ project. The project aims to build the capacity of 1100 artisanal gold miners in 9 ASMOs (Artisanal Small Scale Mining organizations) in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya to reach Fairtrade certification. So far the project has, through its local support organizations (LSOs), run a series of trainings on child labour, the safer handling of mercury, workplace safety, formation and registration, governance, and gender empowerment to a total of 405 ASMO representatives to reach out to the miners taking part in the programme. FTA has also facilitated three exchange visits, one to see a Fairtrade Coffee organization and two miner exchange visits, providing ASMOs the opportunity to see how Fairtrade works in practice and to see how other mining organizations run their operations. ADAPTEA In 2013 Fairtrade Africa launched a climate adaptation programme Adaptea in partnership with VISkogen and Fairtrade International. It was funded by NCF. The project launched officially in May 2013 and will support smallholder tea farmers through 21 producer organizations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda to adapt to climate change challenges in the tea sector through adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Land Management Practices (SALM.) In 2013 the project trained 1948 farmers on SALM practices. 17 Small Producer Organizations have received Risk and Organziational assessments and developed capacity development plans to respond to climate change risks.
Every year Fairtrade commissions external research institutions to conduct research on two or three focal areas. Baseline for Assessing the Impact of Fairtrade Certification on Cocoa Farmers and Cooperatives in Ghana (7.1MB PDF) Fairtrade International and Fairtrade Africa commissioned the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Bioversity International to carry out baseline research with smallholder cocoa farmers and their cooperative unions in Ghana. The baseline will form a framework for stakeholder engagement and improved intervention design, to inform Fairtrade’s work in West Africa. A similar study was carried out in Côte d’Ivoire, which will be published later in 2017. Study Results at a Glance (0.5MB PDF) Below are a list of links to all the research commissioned by the Fairtrade system that took place in Africa.