What would an "ideal" ethical certification program look like?
Posted in: Opinion
well i have a kind of extreme micro level view as i live and work with cacao farmers and know their perspective, in this one place, very well. here's what i would consider their primary concerns:
1. higher income
2. price stability
3. technical assistance (crop management, trimming, disease & pest control, irrigation, nursery/grafting/cloning)
4. credit against future harvests
5. no or very low cost to enter system
6. no additional admin / bureaucratic duties
7. no time wasting bs, especially in harvest season
8. SIMPLE AND NOT OVERSOPHISTICATED TO EXPLAIN
this doesn't take into account realities on the buy / admin side, its a farmers wish list basically. i'm sure these points will vary from place to place. you can see that based on these points organic and fair trade as currently set up aren't realistic here.
as a frame of reference, the farmers here are mostly in associations but no larger co-ops, of the type that operate in other areas in northern peru and in some cases already have fair trade / organic / other certs, almost universally financed by ngo's or usaid