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The Savai’i Coconut Farmers Association (SCFA) of Samoa have been working with Fairtrade Australia New Zealand since 2013. Through Fairtrade's Producer Development Fund it's members have participated in training workshops on soil fertility, and received toolkits comprising of wheelbarrows, bush knives, gumboots and other farming essentials. The association applied to the receive support from the fund in late 2014 as a first step to address soil fertility concerns, to facilitate harvest and increase the volume of good quality nuts for their coconut cream.
The Savai’i Coconut Farmers Association receiving toolkits
Since 2013, SCFA has improved their internal governance, which ensures that they cooperatively identify and discuss common challenges, and make democratic decisions to address them. The association has also negotiated a better price for their coconuts and provides training to its members.
Fairtrade ANZ’s Producer Development Fund targets smallholder producer organisations in the Pacific wishing to improve their access to international Fairtrade markets. Projects financed through this fund are aimed at building resilient and sustainable Fairtrade supply chains. The fund is administered by Fairtrade ANZ, who provides support services to Pacific based producers in order to promote economic development in the region.
Soil fertility training delivered by Fairtrade ANZ