Third Expert Meeting
on Socially and Environmentally Responsible
Horticulture Production and Trade
Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
16 February 2003
09h00 Introduction, and reminder of the main conclusions of the first and second Expert Meeting , by Pascal Liu, FAO, Italy
09h30 Presentation of the latest developments in the main environmental and social standard setting and/or certification programmes
- ISEAL Alliance and the organic movement by Bo van Elzakker, the Netherlands
- Social Accountability International and SA 8000 by Alice Tepper Marlin, USA
- The Rainforest Alliance and the Sustainable Agriculture Network, by Thomas Divney, Costa Rica
- Latest developments in SASA project , by Sasha Courville, Australia
10h30 Coffee break
10h45 Producers' experiences of standard implementation and cost-benefit analysis at Del Oro, Costa Rica, by Mikkel Andersen (FAO/RUTA) & Omar Somarribas (Del Oro), Costa Rica.
11h30 Views on "partnerships in socially and environmentally responsible horticulture trade":
- Building partnerships, the difficulties encountered by small farmers to meet the requirements of the international market. by Emilie Dardaine, FLO, Germany
- The role of certification, advantages and disadvantages of local versus international certification bodies in building partnerships. by Jean Martin Tetang, Export Agro, Cameroon
12h00 Lunch break
13h30 Views on "Partnerships in socially and environmentally responsible horticulture trade"
- Responsible partnerships, Chiquita's experience with the Rainforest Alliance and the IUF by George Jaksch, Chiquita, Belgium
- Value addition of certification for importers and retailers by Volkert Engelsman, EOSTA, The Netherlands
14h00 Discussion in groups:
- group 1: Building partnerships; how to start? Choosing your partners, negotiation of contracts, what are rights and responsibilities of each actor?
- group 2: Responsible pricing. How to improve pricing mechanisms throughout the chain so that producers can make social and environmental investments on their farms?
- group 3: The role of certification in partnerships. More than a control mechanism? How to ensure that certification fulfils its other potential roles such as communication along the chain? Where is the value addition for the actors in the chain?
15h30 Coffee break
16h00 Presentation of group results and plenary discussion
17h15 Closing of the meeting