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  • Comparative overview

     
     

     

     

     

     

    Aspect 

    Utz Kapeh 

    Organic 

    Fairtrade 

    Rainforest Alliance * 

    Common Code 4C 

    Premium 

    No assured premium paid (but avg. 4-5 US-cents has been paid in 2006). 

    No assured premium paid (but 15-35 US-cents range was common in 2006). 

    Fixed premium always assured (but overall level of demand not always in tandem with production). 

    No assured premium (but  

    08-12 US-cents range was common in 2006). 

    No assured premium (but may be paid in certain circumstances if seller/buyer so agree) 

    Yield and quality 

    Possibly positive but limited. 

    Short-term impact on yields may be negative; possibly positive impact on quality. 

    Only indirect (and possibly positive) impact of yields and quality (through higher income, thus increased possibility of purchasing inputs and hiring labour). 

    Potentially negative yield impact; positive impact on quality. 

    Possibly positive through improved farming and processing methods. 

    Labour inputs 

    Moderately higher labour inputs. 

    Higher labour inputs. 

    Higher labour inputs linked to collective processes such as coordination,  meetings etc. 

    Higher labour inputs. 

    Moderately higher labour inputs. 

    Other income impacts 

    Increasing visibility of Utz may improve conditions of trade. 

    Possibility of selling other organic products from the farm; income diversification. 

    Possible indirect impact through wider trade networking offering possibility of selling other Fairtrade products. 

    Possibility of selling forest by-products and fruit. 

    Over time improved conditions of trade may be possible. 

    Market access, networking 

    Number of buyers and markets increasing steadily. 

    Access to well-established and reliable market. 

    Access to well-established, reliable market; technical assistance from fairtrade importers. 

    Buyers and markets increasing steadily. 

    Potentially easier access to large segment of the mainstream market. 

    Extension, credit 

    Potentially better extension services from supportive NGO’s and some buyers, but limited support from public extension services. 

    Possibly more effective extension from field staff supported by NGO’s and some buyers, but limited support from public system. 

    Access to trade financing and traditional credit sources due to Fairtrade membership and improved financial position of cooperatives. 

    More effective agro-forestry extension from supportive NGO’s, but limited support from public system. 

    Potential support from 4C-support platform and participating buyers; limited support from public extension services. 

    Organizational capacity; community impact 

    Strengthening organizational capabilities (if registration is done via farmer groups rather than as individuals). 

    Potential increase in mutual support among farmers to solve farming  management problems. 

    Increased organizational capacity of participating farmers; access to training; better  organizational ability to serve members; community projects. 

    Mutual support amongst farmers for forest management. 

    Strengthening of organizational capabilities through potential assistance from 4C-support platform; access to training. 

    Environment 

    Limited environmental benefits through the gradual elimination of inappropriate farming and processing methods. 

    Potential adoption of new farming techniques to improve soil fertility as well as drought and erosion resilience. 

    Limited environmental benefits. 

    Improved bio-diversity and agro-ecological conditions; enhancement of soil fertility. 

    Limited environmental benefits through the gradual elimination of inappropriate farming and processing methods. 

    Risk, planning capabilities 

    Potential for some reduced pest management and social risk; planning may improve. 

    Risk reduction through reduced external inputs; no mono-cropping; improved soil resilience; planning may improve. 

    Better planning for coffee production, personal and household needs; guaranteed price reduces risk. 

    Reduced pest management and social risk; planning may improve. 

    Better planning and reduced risk through improved market access may be possible. 

    * Also applies to most shade-grown coffee.


    For more information on  these and other standards visit www.standardsmap.org.

    Source: Based on original work and further input from Daniele Giovanucci and Stefano Ponte – 4C table by Jan van Hilten.
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