Conventional production of commodities like cotton, cocoa, coffee and tropical fruits often has negative impacts on natural resources (such as land, water and biodiversity) and on human health.
In addition, the incomes of small producers in developing countries remain low due to low product prices and high costs for agrochemical inputs. Organic farming systems and fairtrade arrangements (with or without certification) provide a promising alternative.
They enable smallholder farmers in developing countries to manage their resources in a sustainable way and at the same time to improve their incomes and livelihoods.
The OFTCC helps developing organic and fairtrade value chains that link producers, processors, traders, retailers and service providers from field to the consumer in a way that all involved stakeholders benefit.