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FairTSA Announces Licensing Agreement with Flores Farm GmbH
Fair Trade Sustainability Alliance's new licensee, Flores Farm GmbH, is a global trader for sustainably produced crops, working directly with the farmers to ensure their livelihood.
By: Fair Trade Sustainability Alliance
Project development is a central component of their company philosophy, and also the story of how Flores Farm came to be. In 2005, company founders Jochen Wolf and Martin Steckdaub visited a cashew project on the Indonesian island of Flores that was on the brink of failure. The farmers were producing premium quality cashews, however they lacked sales opportunities. Without further ado, the two friends bought 60 tons of raw cashews in the shell and founded Flores Farm GmbH in January 2006, in order to finance the processing and secure distribution for the farmers. Other projects have since followed, such as a private partnership physalis project in Peru, an organic coconut blossom sugar project in Central Java and right now an organic date project in Pakistan.
Even in places where they have not yet initiated any projects, Flores Farm prioritizes trading in the field. This allows them to spot opportunities and local problems in each region and can react accordingly. In doing so, they work towards their goals of offering sustainably produced raw materials of premium quality and facilitating a better future for the local people.
"We are very pleased to be working with a company like Flores Farm, supporting their mission of providing the highest quality organic and natural food ingredients, in an ethical, moral and sustainable fashion," said Dr. Winfried Fuchshofen, FairTSA Executive Director. "Their commitment to healthy living, worker welfare and the environment is a great fit for our business model."
Fair TSA is a New Lebanon, NY, based innovative Fair Trade program working in world-wide partnership with established ISO/IEC 17065:2012 accredited organic certifiers to provide zero-carbon, lowest cost, fully transparent, shortest cycle certifications, incorporating a mandatory community development component and project-based accountability. For more information go to http://www.fairtsa.org/
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