Monday, September 25, 2017

Fair and community-based tourism

We all know fair trade bananas, coffee, chocolate... but do you know about fair tourism? It is less known, but booming! The United Nations declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development recalling the potential of tourism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Trade for Development presents presents 4 community-based tourism projects that it supports. 

The Masai in Tanzania
In regions where existing ecosystems suffer from human pressure, tourism can provide part of the solution. Inspired by successful experiences elsewhere in the world, the Honeyguide Foundation, with the financial assistance of the Trade for Development Centre, supports the development of sustainable tourism in the north of Tanzania. The Masai population is given an extra financial incentive to protect its natural environment.

A fair certification programme for tourism products
Around 2000, the South-African ngo Fair Trade Tourism started to put in place a fair certification programme for tourism products. The standard includes fair remuneration, decent working conditions, a fair sharing of revenue and respect for cultural traditions and the environment. Since then, more than 79 initiatives have been certified throughout the country: hotels, safari lodges, backpacker lodges and guesthouses, but also organised tours and ‘adventure’ type of activities. With the support of TDC FTT is exploring new opportunities on both the supply and demand sides. FTT wants to expand its activities to seven other countries of southern and eastern Africa and tries increase the number of European tour operators that offer FTT-labelled holidays. Since 2017, the first Belgian tour-operator was FTT-approved!  

Cordtuch in Ecuador
25% of the population in Ecuador comprises native communities with ancestral traditions and a strong identity, which helps Ecuador to pioneer community-based tourism. Cordtuch unites 11 community-based tourism initiatives such as the Reserva de Producción de Fauna Chimborazo, the Parque Nacional Sangay and the Tren. With the support of TDC Cordtuch aims to consolidate small community-based tourism businesses. It provides support to improve the general management capacities, the development of the tourism offer on local, regional and international markets by implementing quality improvement and control systems through sustainable tourism certification, and the participation to commercial fairs in view of presenting the community-based tourism offer.

Red Tusoco in Bolivia
Red Tusoco (Red Boliviana de Turismo Solidario Comunitario), the network of Bolivian community-based tourism, brings together and supports the development of 22 small enterprises in rural indigenous communities in Bolivia in an attempt to improve living conditions by boosting the community's natural and cultural patrimony. Red Tusoco provides training in management and tourism and fosters indigenous management. Tusoco Viajes, the business branch of the network that sells responsible community-based tours in Bolivia, forecasts significant growth of 22% a year. The project should boost job creation in rural areas.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sustainable tourism operations in Ecuador and Peru

Market research on improving connectivity of sustainable tourism operations in Ecuador and Peru to the European marketplace 

 The purpose of this study is to support tourism companies in Peru and Ecuador, especially those with a focus on sustainable tourism, on how to access the European market. While the content of the study is geared towards the conditions in Peru and Ecuador, readers from other Latin American countries may also find the information useful.

The coverage of the European market includes the countries Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain. The study includes a look at players such as tour operators (including databases) or trade associations, examines market access mechanisms (both with regard to the destination - Peru and Ecuador, as well as with regard to the mentioned source markets) and describes a wide range of approaches and tools to improve market access to the European market.  

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Private Standards, Trade, and Sustainable Development: Policy Options for Collective Action

Research by Fabrizio Meliado, ICTSD

Private standard schemes have become a constitutive element of international commercial transactions, as well as powerful tools to mainstream environmental, social, and economic sustainability requirements in economic operations. This paper analyses private standard schemes as management tools used to shift risks, costs, and responsibilities along global value chains. It argues that policymakers can facilitate the trade-creating potential of private standard schemes by acting in concert – at the international level – on their design and operation. The author further reviews relevant multilateral and bilateral work in this area and puts forward six policy options to support concerted governmental action on private standards.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Sustainability provisions in regional trade agreements

The incorporation of sustainable development provisions in deeper regional trade agreements has expanded over time. In this article, the authors explore prospects for using such agreements as building blocks towards broader incorporation of sustainability provisions at a multilateral level.

Read further the article by Peter Draper, Nkululeko Khumalo, Faith Tigere (ICTSD)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The future of certified coffee

The certified coffee sector re-thinks its strategy among growing private schemes.

Lire l'article de "Global Coffee Report"

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fairtrade Cocoa in Ghana: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

"Some of the global chocolate industry’s biggest players, such as Ferrero, Mars, and Hershey, have expressed their commitment to achieve a sustainable cocoa sector by the year 2020. As the world’s second largest producer of cocoa, Ghana is also interested in moving towards sustainable cocoa production.
Over the past years, Fairtrade has significantly advanced in Ghana’s cocoa sector. Between 2009 and 2014, annual volumes of Fairtrade cocoa produced in the country increased from 481 MT to 54,600 MT."

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Coffee, climate change and what it means for bees

Climate change could reduce the suitability of lands for growing coffee in Latin America by as much as 88 percent by 2050, according to new research. Bees will take a hit too - but they could also be part of the solution.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Belgium presents its national voluntary review on the SDG's

Belgium launches its National Voluntary Report. A collection of Belgian initiatives that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. The report will be presented by Prime Minister Charles Michel to the United Nations on July 18.

The Trade for Development Center is also included! With our marketing support for smallproducers in the South, our projects on fair trade argan oil from Morocco, fair trade tea from Vietnam and sustainable tourism in Tanzania and our challenge to turn Belgium into a Fair Trade Country! 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fairtrade sales up 11% in Italy in 2016

The retail value of Fairtrade-certified products sold in Italy last year amounted to EUR110.2m (US$123.3m) - an increase of 11% over the previous year, according to latest figures.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Rainforest Alliance and Utz merge

The new organization will create a single agriculture sustainability standard, it will simplify the certification process and continue to improve livelihoods for farmers and forest communities.

The Rainforest Alliance and UTZ, two of the world’s leading sustainability certification organizations, have announced their intention to merge later this year.

The new organization, to be named the Rainforest Alliance, will tackle environmental and social issues around the world, including climate change, deforestation, poverty and unsustainable farming. It will create a single global certification standard that will simplify certification for farmers and empower companies to build more responsible supply chains, more efficiently. It will also work to expand advocacy efforts and through new partnerships ensure conservation of entire landscapes in priority regions from India to Indonesia, Guatemala to Ghana.

Source: press release, Utz, June 7