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Certification of Commodities: Opportunities and Challenges for the Rural Poor

Proceedings
Certification of Commodities: Opportunities and Challenges for the Rural Poor

Author:

Kathleen Buckingham; Giles Henley; Lou Yiping

Publisher:

INBAR, CFC

Year:

2009

Pages:

102

Keywords:

certification, commodities, poverty, workshop, bamboo, rattan, INBAR

In recent years, increased consumer interest in corporate social accountability and environmental standards has encouraged the development of certification schemes for commodities, reassuring consumers and offering potential price premiums to commodity producers. On April 2, 2009, an international workshop on the Opportunities and Challenges of Certification for Commodities Harvested/Extracted by the Rural Poor was held. The workshop was an opportunity for the Common Fund for Commodities, its various Internationl Commodity Bodies, and certification organizations to share views and knowledge on certification and the role that it plays within their sectors. This publication is a collection of experiences from major certification bodies and institutitons.

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