Wednesday, October 3, 2018

TDC lance un nouvel appel à propositions: coaching en gestion financière et organisationnelle et coaching en marketing

Trade for Development Centre  is launching a new call for proposals for a coaching track in financial and business management, and a coaching track in marketing.

Through on-site coaching, TDC aims at reinforcing the capacities of MSME in management (financial, organisational, governance) and in marketing (positioning, access to markets, communication, sales). The main objective is to increase the turnover as well as the revenues through a sustainable reinforcement of the organisation and a better market access.

Concerned value chains – sustainable tradeCocoa, coffee, fruits, vegetables, leguminous plants, precious metals, tourism.
Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.

This Call for Proposal entails 2 steps:
step 1: a preliminary training in data capturing, which will take place in 2019. This training is not compulsory, but it will be a good preparation for the application to TDC’s full coaching program. The registration form needs to be sent back by 19 November 2018 at the latest.
step 2: a full coaching track in financial & business management and in marketing, with several modules spread over 3 years as from 2020. For this, the application documents need to be sent back by 30 October 2019 at the latest.

The service proposal, as well as the eligibility and selection criteria are detailed in the documents here below.
We encourage you to register if you meet the criteria, or to share this information with your members, partners, contacts,...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Study: potential of vietnamese Fairtrade cashews nuts

This study investigates whether and how Vietnamese Fairtrade cashew nuts can conquer a solid position in the world market. The study was carried out by Globally Cool on behalf of the Trade for Development Centre.

In 2016, globally, 439,000 tons of cashew nuts were exported. 14,000 tons, or 3% of the total, was Fairtrade certified. The US imported 55% of Fairtrade cashew nuts, outdoing the Netherlands (23%) and Germany (7%).

Vietnam is the third biggest producer of cashew nuts and the number 1 exporter. The potential for developing the country’s Fairtrade cashew supply chain is huge, but there are many challenges too. The study has eight specific recommendations in order to help them reaching their full potential.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

What Are We Getting from Voluntary Sustainability Standards for Coffee?

From: Centre for Global Development


"Demand for and supply of “sustainable” coffee (and other commodities) have grown markedly for two decades, as has the literature analyzing the effects of voluntary sustainability standards for coffee. The evidence for assessing the impacts for smallholder producers and the environment remains relatively weak, however. A relatively small number of studies use methods that allow researchers to attribute observed outcomes to sustainability certifications. 

This paper reviews research from the past decade on the effects of coffee sustainability schemes to see what we have learned about the impact of such schemes, and whether positive livelihood effects are mainly the result of relatively better off households choosing to participate. Overall, the available research suggests that certification schemes can be beneficial, but context matters, and the poorest, most vulnerable smallholder producers are able to comply with sustainability standards only with substantial external help."

Read the report by Kimberly Ann Elliott

Friday, August 24, 2018

8 Female Entrepreneurs Promoting Bean to Bar Chocolate Production in Africa

In Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Zambie and Togo, female entrepreneurs are changing the narrative that that premium chocolates are only made in western countries.

Read further the article by Ventures Africa

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Peru expects record organic banana exports in 2018

From FreshFruitPortal

"Peru is expecting 30% growth in its organic bananas exports this year, according to william Daga of state entity Sierra and Selva Exportadora. The country exported 203.000 metric tons (MT) last year".

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Not enough done at EU level against imported deforestation

From Euractiv

"European imports of soy, cocoa and palm oil fuel deforestation in developing countries. The fight against the resulting collateral damage in Europe is complicated by agricultural interests. reports."

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Monday, August 20, 2018

From bean to bar in Ghana

From Foodtank

"While imported chocolate and sweets lined supermarket aisles in Ghana this past holiday season, there is a quiet, sweet revolution bubbling away in this country known for its cocoa."

Read further the article

Friday, August 17, 2018

TDC is looking for trainers in data capturing and for coaches in marketing

The Trade for Development Centre aims at better market access of micro, small, and medium enterprises (including producers’ organisations), active in fair or sustainable trade in Africa. TDC provides them, in the field, a training in data capturing and a coaching in marketing, and calls therefore on external consultants.
To contribute to this goal in the 4 coming years, TDC want to create a pool of trainers and coaches. That is why a new Tender for a Framework agreement has been published.

Are you interested?
Follow the tender procedure detailed in the documents (available in French, Dutch or English) HERE (select ‘Belgium’ as country)
Deadline: 18th September 2018 at 14h01.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Complaint lodged against the European Commission for failing to uphold fundamental human rights in trade policy

Source : Clean clothes Campaign

"The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), and the HEC-NYU EU Public Interest Clinic have today filed a formal complaint with the European Ombudsman. The labour rights organizations claim the European Commission is not taking into account its human rights obligations regarding trade policies towards Bangladesh, and is not transparent about doing so."

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Labour exploitation is endemic in global tea and cocoa industries, international study finds

  • International study shows forced labour is widespread in global tea and cocoa supply chains feeding European markets
  • Ethical certification schemes are failing to combat forced labour in tea and cocoa supply chains
  • Large scale reforms are needed from governments, global corporations, certification organisations, and industry auditors to eradicate forced labour – including living wages and strong enforcement of labour standards.
The study:
This study was directed by Professor Genevieve LeBaron
Co-Director of SPERI at Sheffield University and Co-Chair, of  the Yale University Modern Slavery Working Group.