Fair Trade Organization cooperates with Satelligence to expand the scope of coffee production monitoring in response to EU regulations
Recently, Fair Trade International announced a new partnership with Satelligence to extend satellite monitoring of forest areas and farms to all certified coffee producers around the world, with the aim of linking Fairtrade cooperatives to the farms of their members and data on deforestation risks, so that cooperatives can share these data with their business partners to produce products that comply with EU deforestation regulations. Ensure that their products can enter the European market and better manage the forest landscape.
In June this year, the European Union issued the world's first "Zero deforestation Act", affecting the coffee industry in many producing countries. The bill stipulates that no individual or enterprise can sell products related to deforestation, including coffee and cocoa, in the EU market. The bill requires operators to conduct due diligence on their products and trace the origin of the goods they sell to determine that they are not involved in deforestation or cause forest degradation, otherwise they will face a series of penalties such as fines, restrictions or export bans.
"this partnership focuses on an increasingly important area of trade: access to risk management data, which determines which coffee can enter the EU market," said Jon Walker, a senior adviser to Fair Trade International. Many large companies have their own monitoring systems covering the cooperatives in which they invest, but they do not necessarily share what they see with the cooperatives themselves. If cooperatives rely on their trading partners to obtain these important data, inequality in trade relations will be widened. This partnership enables cooperatives and their smallholder members to access data and take action on identified risks.
Satelligence, a global leader in the use of remote sensing for risk management of sustainable commodity supply chains, provides a validated satellite monitoring system to provide geographic location data for farmers' farms, and combines Fairtrade technical support to continuously parse and manage the data, which is an important step for Fairtrade to improve the transparency of its supply chain.
In addition, the system will detect deforestation activities around the members and whether the farm is located in a felling reserve, mark the deforestation near the farm, assess the risk, and finally generate relevant reports. producers can provide them to their customers or potential customers.
Niels Wielaard, chief executive of Satelligence, said that many companies were still not ready for the Zero deforestation Act and that the loss of access to core markets such as the European Union would be a devastating blow to small coffee farmers who mainly depend on these products for a living. We are proud to work with Fair Trade to ensure access to markets in Europe and elsewhere by proving that farmers' commodities do not involve deforestation, thus helping to prevent further marginalization of farmers.
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