23. May 2024

Across various sectors and regions, smallholder farmers struggle to close the gap between their current earnings and the level needed to achieve a decent standard of living.  Amid ongoing studies and discussions, the crucial role of responsible and sustainable purchasing practices in fostering long-term prosperity is underscored. Responsible purchasing practices are a critical driver for reducing income disparities among smallholder farmers. These practices empower producers, granting them a stronger voice in negotiating fair contract terms for their produce. By implementing responsible purchasing practices, companies can catalyze positive change at the supplier level. 

From enhancing transparency to fostering ethical trading dynamics, companies wield significant influence in shaping the supply chain dynamics and driving systemic change. Join us in this webinar as we delve into actionable strategies to enable living incomes for smallholder producers while promoting sustainability and fairness across global supply chains.

In this webinar, we aim to obtain a better understanding of the following

  • Responsible Practices and Strategies: What responsible practices and actionable strategies can drive living incomes for smallholder producers while promoting sustainability and fairness in global supply chains?
  • Meeting Producer Needs: How can we ensure that these practices effectively meet the needs of producers and producer organisations and contribute to the development of more resilient communities?
  • Measuring Success: What metrics should be used to measure the success of responsible purchasing practices in enabling living incomes for smallholder farmers?

Joining us in this discussion: 

  • Alphonse Amani, Cocoa Programme Coordinator in Ivory Coast, Rikolto
  • Melissa Karadana, Purchasing Practices Programme Lead, ETI Ethical Trading Initiative 
  • Mark Birch, Program Director of Sustainable Procurement, IDH 
  • Nina Kuppetz, Advisor for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains and Standards,  GIZ (TBC), German Retailers Working Group