Disadvantage and marginalized coffee farmers in PNG can be better served through a Memorandum of Understanding signed recently by the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) and the Fairtrade organization based in Australia and New Zealand (FTANZ).
Both parties agreed to work together to assist the farmers in developing sustainable coffee farming projects and seek international trade system based on justice and fairness.
Whilesigning the MOU at the Lae International Hotel, CIC’s General Manager for Research and Grower Services Division Dr. Mark Kenny express relief that a new pathway is being created for PNG coffee farmers to reach their full potential in coffee farming and trading.
He encouraged coffee farmers to join forces with CIC and other Fairtrade certified coffee companies in PNG to benefit from the MOU arrangements.
Programme Manager FTANZ, Maria J. Trogolo said Fairtrade’svision is of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential.
“To achieve this vision, Fairtrade seeks to transform trading structures and practices in favour of the poor and disadvantaged. By facilitating trading partnerships based on equity and transparency, Fairtrade contributes to sustainable development for marginalised producers, workers and their communities. Through demonstration of alternatives to conventional trade and other forms of advocacy, the Fairtrade movement empowers citizens to campaign for an international trade system based on justice and fairness,” said Maria.
So far, one coffee farmer group; the Neknasi Coffee Cooperative, in Nawaeb District of Morobe Province has received Fairtrade Certification while eight other groups in the province are currently undergoing the certification process.
CIC’s Provincial Farmer Training and Extension Coordinators from the Highlands and Momase regions were invited to witness the signing, which motivated them to connect their coffee farmer groups to Fairtrade Certification.