Organic Insights - Spring 2022

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Despite there being a multitude of voluntary ‘sustainability’ certifications, organic and Fairtrade are amongst the most highly recognised worldwide and are the only standards spanning multi-commodities. There is a perception among some consumers that organic and Fairtrade are interchangeable. While some aspects are similar in intent, the scope of standards differ, with organic certification being focused on agricultural inputs, and Fairtrade focused on a systems approach to ‘economic, environmental and social responsibility’. The two Standards are highly complementary in nature, however. Since 2019, NASAA Certified Organic (NCO) has been working with Fairtrade ANZ’s PNG Team to provide technical certification expertise on a project designed to support small-scale producer organisations and exporters who are part of a dual-certified grower group. The relationship follows and extends upon NCO’s training of grower collectives in Tonga and PNG in 2019. NCO’s Carolin Möller, Fairtrade ANZ Climate change advisor Astra Rushton-Allan and PNG Team Leader Gabriel Iso co-designed and implemented a project to develop a series of technical support materials for small scale producer organisations and traders with dual certification. This has involved supporting Fairtrade ANZ’s development of information sheets, technical videos and Q&A material. The team from NCO and Fairtrade ANZ also spent time in PNG during May to provide technical advice to small scale producer organisations and traders on site, assisting the collective certification of groups under organic and Fairtrade. This will be an ongoing collaboration of NCO with Fairtrade ANZ; supporting an initial 800 coffee farmers to become certified organic and the potential to reach out to many more groups over time. FURTHER INFORMATION Here’s just a taste of the simple explanatory videos created as part of the Fairtrade project with NCO technical input: Differences between organic and fairtrade

Purpose of Fair Trade

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