This project will gather 80 Fairtrade small producer organizations and workers from the Southern Africa region, Madagascar, Comoros and Mauritius in celebrating 10 years of producer empowerment and Fairtrade impact. Producers will share their experiences and receive training on governance, business management, Leadership and Advocacy to enable them increase their levels of participation, collectively advocate and influence decisions, improve and strengthen their functioning as businesses
There are more than 120 Fairtrade certified producer organizations from the Southern African region with over 70,000 members and workers. Many of the small organizations are not actively engaged, lack collective platforms to project as a strong voice, have limited business management capacity and weak governance structures. This project will build producer capacity and provide them with opportunities, skills and information to play an active role in advocating and representing their interests.
Fairtrade Africa will enhance knowledge and build skills of 80 producers through training on governance, business management, leadership and advocacy. A regional assembly will be held where principles of governance learnt in training will be put in action in selection of new board members for the Southern Africa regional and committee representatives of product networks. Trained producers will be expected to train their organizations and conduct self-assessments following the learnings
120 producer organizations directing their future having strong boards that understand their roles & responsibilities in which democratic principles are practiced. Small businesses will be better managed, know how to plan for day to day business activities and have strategic plans for growth that meet collective needs of members. Actively engaged and participating producers with ability to influence business decisions, communities around them, local and regional policies on issues of interest.