The EQUITE Program’s aim is to contribute to a sustainable economical development, to fight against poverty and to reinforce family farming by supporting the development of fair trade value chains, resilient to the effects of climate change in West Africa.
The EQUITE Program has 5 main objectives :
Support the producers organizations’ structuration in Southern countries, and support the value chains in which they operate by developing fair trade
Strengthening the commercial, governance and management capacities of the fair trade cocoa cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire
Strengthening the institutional ecosystems of fair trade
Using fair trade as a way to accelerate the ecological transition of the means of production and transformation, ultimately leading to organic certifications
Promoting gender equality and integration of the youth in the fair trade value chains
The EQUITE Program will last for four years (2019-2023), and will be implemented distinctly between these six West African countries : Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Togo. All certified products are eligible : cocoa, fruits (mango, pineapple, baobab, etc.), shea, cashew, handicraft, sesame, coffee, hibiscus,…