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FSI PRESENT AT IFTEX IN KENYA
From 8 to 10 June, the 5th edition of IFTEX, the International Floriculture Trade Expo took place in Nairobi Kenya.
The expo was a success again with a growing number of international visitors and exhibitors, many highlighting their efforts and results on sustainable business. It was also the occasion to meet with FSI members based in East Africa and discuss the new round of projects with those present at the expo.
Prior to the Fair, FSI was invited to highlight and discuss the developments on measuring responsible volumes at the Union Fleurs General Assembly. The board members added some valuable points to the discussion and are looking forward to the outcomes and learnings of this project. FSI was also invited to speak at the Industry Seminar organised by Union Fleurs and Kenya Flower Council on Tuesday 7 June. The seminar with the title ‘Challenges ahead in the global flower supply-chain’, was another good occasion to present FSI’s latest activities and emphasize the importance of transparency and working on key topics in a multi-stakeholder environment.
At the end of the day, the various participants and Kenya Flower Council members joined the Kenya Flower Council for their 20th Anniversary celebrations.
MEASURING VOLUMES FROM RESPONSIBLE SOURCES, THE FSI AMBITION
The first measurements will give FSI members an indication of their percentage of flowers & plants originating from responsible sources as set by the 2015 FSI Basket of Standards. The FSI member commitment for 2020 is to reach the 90% ambition.
The measuring will take place in close cooperation with PwC (Pricewaterhouse Coopers) who will assist members with the data gathering and reporting. FSI members will start generating their individual outcomes over the summer and the aggregated outcomes, learnings and points for improvements from this first round of measurements will be communicated to FSI.
An important part of the project is also to gather information on certified growers with information originating from the scheme owners directly, aligning data structures and processes and the implementation of a tool for traders to facilitate their measurements.
The first results shall give FSI and its members an indication of the improvements and actions that can be taken as individual companies, as a group of FSI members and on sector level. This will also provide input for follow-up projects.
MARKET OUTREACH: VISIT TO NORWAY
Our network is already strong and with the possible addition of government support not only from the Netherlands but also from other European countries, we can create more impact. FSI will be looking for government endorsement, public-private partnerships and individual memberships from sector frontrunners in trade and retail. End of May we were able to meet with Norway’s leading florist chain Mester Grønn to discuss their sustainability commitment, results and way forward. The meeting was followed by a presentation and interesting discussion with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation NORAD. Sustainability certification and workforce training are points for follow up. This market outreach program is endorsed and funded by the Dutch ministry of economic affairs.
NEW CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The new round of projects was first announced at the FSI General Assembly in January, leaving time for FSI members to prepare and discuss possible projects, topics and coalitions to put forward for co-funding from IDH.
Over 10 concept notes were received by IDH, mainly focusing on Climate, Agrochemicals, Working conditions and Market linkages. After a first review by the IDH investment Committee and individual follow up discussions with the project partners, some of the projects are invited to draft a full project proposal taking into consideration the learnings and results collected during the first round of Projects, and creating links with other categories represented by IDH within the ‘Fresh & Ingredients’ Programme.
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IFTF will take place this year from 2nd until 4th November at the same location in Vijfhuizen, Netherlands. As usual, be sure not to miss this unique opportunity to meet with the key players in the trade, as well as international florists who will take part in the third edition of “World of Flowers”.