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TEP is currently implementing three projects on sustainable agriculture and biodiversity: in Zambia on organic and natural products, in Peru on biodiversity products, and in South East Asia on wildlife trade.
TEP is currently implementing a project in Zambia with the objective to increase the competitiveness of Zambian SMEs exporting products in the organic and sustainability segments of the food and natural products market.
Through this project, TEP is carrying out a number of tailor-made trainings related to the development of organic or natural product production and processing, capacity building of companies and compliance with market requirements and standards, policy strengthening support to governments and partners, identification of new markets and diversification of client base, promotion of best practice and trade fair participation.
In 2011, the project entered its first phase of implementation. Two sets of activities were carried out:
Twenty companies, linked to over 6,000 producers, have participated in ITC’s training events on organics in Zambia.
In January 2012, ITC held an event focused on the Domestic Zambian Market for Natural and Organic Products, which 50 participants attended. The event included presentations on sustainable agricultural practices, market trends for Zambian natural products, buyer requirements and marketing, as well as working groups to identify what can be done to strengthen the Zambian market for natural and organic products.
The objective of the project is to increase the competitiveness of Peruvian SMEs exporting biodiversity based products. This is achieved through training to the Peruvian natural product export sector on market requirements and linkages, as well as training targeted to individual companies.
In May 2011, ITC carried out a needs assessment mission on biotrade to Peru. The results of the mission demonstrated that there was a strong demand for technical assistance in overcoming barriers to export to the United States and European Union markets as well as addressing sustainability of supply.
Working in collaboration with PROMPERU, ITC has selected 8 companies in the first phase of the project with whom to provide technical assistance. These companies are linked to over 10,000 suppliers of natural products in the Andes and Amazon regions.
Key activities in the first phase of the project have included the following:
Many animal and plant species are being overexploited through international supply chains worth billions of dollars. These products are being used in industries ranging from cosmetics to traditional medicines to fashion. While the trade provides a cash income to some of the world’s poorest people, there are strong concerns that the trade is not sustainable and is placing the world’s biodiversity under threat.
This lack of sustainability in the wildlife trade is often reinforced by weak regulation and enforcement, criminality and lack of consumer understanding about threats to species.
ITC is working in partnership with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to analyze the trade of python snake products from the wild and to make recommendations to the fashion industry and regulators for its improvement.
In Uganda the following support was given to companies – TSIs were included as beneficiaries or facilitators of support:
In Rwanda and East Africa: Stakeholder Meeting for Organic Agriculture. At the request of the Government of Rwanda, a two-day Stakeholder Meeting for the organic sector was held in Kigali, Rwanda in 2007. The meeting gathered key people from the public and private sector in Rwanda, as well as representatives from the organic movements in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The programme included 25 technical presentations and group work which resulted in recommendations for an Action Plan on organic agriculture (policy recommendations) to present to the Ministry of Agriculture. This meeting resulted in recommendations for an action plan on organic agriculture policy.
In 2007, ITC’s Asia Trust Fund jointly organised and funded, with the European Commission, a three-day Regional Conference on Organic Agriculture. The meeting informed participants about: