Find here the several stakeholders of the Equite program.
The French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement - AFD) and the French Facility for Global Environment (Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial - FFEM) have decided to jointly finance a project to support the development of fair trade in West Africa, by encouraging innovative approaches based on both fair trade and the preservation of biodiversity.
The French Development Agency (AFD) is the operator for France’s bilateral development finance mechanism. It contributes to develop a more sustainable and shared economic growth, to improve living conditions in the poorest regions and countries, to preserve the planet and help stabilize fragile or post-conflict countries. It finances projects, studies and activities in order to support developing countries in their capacity buildings, through grants or soft loans. This project is financed by the AFD through its Trade Capacity Building Program (PRCC) for 2.9 million euro.
The French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) is a financial instrument supporting French cooperation and development policy, that acts for global environment protection in developing countries (climate change, biodiversity, international waters, or land degradation for example). The FFEM acts in more than 80 countries by fostering north-south and south-south partnerships, in liaison with the beneficiary countries and with national or international partners including researchers, public bodies, private enterprise, local authorities, NGOs and foundations. The FFEM contributes to this project’s funding for 1 million euro.
The French Fair Trade Platform (Plate-Forme pour le Commerce Equitable - PFCE) is a non-profit national platform which aims at promoting the sector towards institutions and general public. The PFCE brings together importers, the main fair trade guarantee systems and labels, organic and fair trade retailer networks, NGOs working in the South and associations working on awareness raising activities and advocacy in the North. The PFCE has initiated this project by submitting the first concept note of the project to the AFD in 2010. Between 2010 and 2012, the PFCE has been largely associated with the identification stages of the project by contributing to the steering committee of the feasibility study. In early 2015 the PFCE was asked by the AFD to manage this project.
Organisations responsible for the implementation
The implementation of the project will be carried out by a consortium composed by the NGO’s Agronomists and Veterinarians Without Borders (Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières - AVSF), as the leading organisation, and Fairtrade Africa – West African Network (FTA-WAN).
Agronomists and Veterinarians Without Borders (Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières - AVSF) is an international NGO, acting since 1977 to support smallholder’s agriculture. It is committed to support fair trade, which is seen as a good way to enhance producers’ organisations and networks. AVSF has participated to the development of many certifying labels, such as Max Havelaar France (Fairtrade), Ecocert Equitable, or the Small Producers’ Symbol. Thanks to its strong experience in producers’ organisations capacity building, and its cooperation with about 20 countries, AVSF will provide its expertise in the field, to ensure this project’s relevance and good execution.
The Fairtrade Africa - West Africa Network (FTA-WAN) is the antenna of Fairtrade Africa for the West African sub region and to date consists of 135 certified Fairtrade/Max Havelaar cooperatives in 8 countries (Ghana, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Cameroon, Benin and Togo).