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TDC lance un nouvel appel à propositions: coaching en gestion financière et organisationnelle et coaching en marketing

3 October, 2018 - 15:03
Trade for Development Centre  is launching a new call for proposals for a coaching track in financial and business management, and a coaching track in marketing.
Through on-site coaching, TDC aims at reinforcing the capacities of MSME in management (financial, organisational, governance) and in marketing (positioning, access to markets, communication, sales). The main objective is to increase the turnover as well as the revenues through a sustainable reinforcement of the organisation and a better market access.
Concerned value chains – sustainable tradeCocoa, coffee, fruits, vegetables, leguminous plants, precious metals, tourism.
Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.
This Call for Proposal entails 2 steps:
step 1: a preliminary training in data capturing, which will take place in 2019. This training is not compulsory, but it will be a good preparation for the application to TDC’s full coaching program. The registration form needs to be sent back by 19 November 2018 at the latest.
step 2: a full coaching track in financial & business management and in marketing, with several modules spread over 3 years as from 2020. For this, the application documents need to be sent back by 30 October 2019 at the latest.
The service proposal, as well as the eligibility and selection criteria are detailed in the documents here below.
We encourage you to register if you meet the criteria, or to share this information with your members, partners, contacts,...
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Study: potential of vietnamese Fairtrade cashews nuts

19 September, 2018 - 13:37
This study investigates whether and how Vietnamese Fairtrade cashew nuts can conquer a solid position in the world market. The study was carried out by Globally Cool on behalf of the Trade for Development Centre.
In 2016, globally, 439,000 tons of cashew nuts were exported. 14,000 tons, or 3% of the total, was Fairtrade certified. The US imported 55% of Fairtrade cashew nuts, outdoing the Netherlands (23%) and Germany (7%).
Vietnam is the third biggest producer of cashew nuts and the number 1 exporter. The potential for developing the country’s Fairtrade cashew supply chain is huge, but there are many challenges too. The study has eight specific recommendations in order to help them reaching their full potential.
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What Are We Getting from Voluntary Sustainability Standards for Coffee?

5 September, 2018 - 08:52
From: Centre for Global Development


"Demand for and supply of “sustainable” coffee (and other commodities) have grown markedly for two decades, as has the literature analyzing the effects of voluntary sustainability standards for coffee. The evidence for assessing the impacts for smallholder producers and the environment remains relatively weak, however. A relatively small number of studies use methods that allow researchers to attribute observed outcomes to sustainability certifications. 
This paper reviews research from the past decade on the effects of coffee sustainability schemes to see what we have learned about the impact of such schemes, and whether positive livelihood effects are mainly the result of relatively better off households choosing to participate. Overall, the available research suggests that certification schemes can be beneficial, but context matters, and the poorest, most vulnerable smallholder producers are able to comply with sustainability standards only with substantial external help."
Read the report by Kimberly Ann Elliott

7 Female Entrepreneurs Promoting Bean to Bar Chocolate Production in Africa

24 August, 2018 - 09:55
In Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Zambie and Togo, female entrepreneurs are changing the narrative that that premium chocolates are only made in western countries.

Read further the article by Ventures Africa