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Thank you Mouhamadou! Please let us know if you want to know more details. The job is exciting as you say but explaining it to others is even more!

Jordi

Hi Prakash, thank you for your interest! Regarding your questions:

1. When we talk about organic farming we refer to the EU Organic Production Standard, therefore a public food standard that is certified and regularly audited. It was not easy to introduce this new approach but the increasing market demand helped to convince farmers as well as better prices for these products. Moreover our own sourcing protocol was pretty much aligned with Organic Production (actually, our sourcing protocol -mandatory fr joining the project- is Organic Production + some additional practices for habitats and landscape conservation). It is a sustainable practice, as it combines Organic Farming (non use of synthetic fertilisers, no use of pesticides, etc) plus additional practices for ensuring biodiversity protection which are not currently included in such regulation.
2. Regarding the fair price, it was the added value of this product on the market what allowed us to sell pulses at better prices and therefore to pay better the farmers... a simple market mechanism: demand drives production, and higher prices in the market allow better payments in origin. Additionally we are a Non Profit Organisation, therefore we are not allowed to make any profit as traders, we just pay the work done by our staff and transfer economic benefits directly to farmers. It was however a progressive issue. The first years we did not the final price of products but now that we have some experience we can maximise benefits for farmers.

Hope it helped! Please do not hesitate to ask more if needed

Cheers,
jordi