Expanding the ways in which farmers can get better access to world markets on Fairtrade terms is vital to give them a better deal and help tackle challenges such as commodity price fluctuations.
In order to expand the ways farmers can improve their access to world markets, Fairtrade has extended its successful Fairtrade Sourcing Programme (FSP) beyond the initial focus on Cocoa, Sugar and Cotton to include all commodities for which standards exist, such as flowers, vanilla and tea, with the exception of bananas and coffee.
When it was launched, FSP meant that rather than focusing on all the ingredients in a finished composite product, businesses could make commitments to source one or more specific commodities for use as ingredients in finished composite products across ranges, or whole businesses.
Sourcing of Fairtrade ingredients through FSP for cocoa, sugar and cotton has resulted in substantial additional sales and impact for farmers. By extending the range of commodities that can be sourced in bulk on Fairtrade terms, the programme can create even more direct impact in developing countries and more opportunities for businesses to source Fairtrade ingredients.
Since FSP was launched, Fairtrade has expanded activity in international programme delivery. To create clear distinction from these programmes, the FSP model has been renamed the Fairtrade Sourced Ingredient (FSI) model. The new mark to accompany the relaunch will be simplified and simply carry the name of the commodity.
The FSI model is an additional, optional way for businesses to work with us that will help farmers to sell more of their crop on Fairtrade terms.