SKA has worked with Traidcraft on the development of charcoal supply chains in Namibia for a number of years. This work involved the development and capacity building of all local actors in the chain, including the charcoal burners, the farmers supplying charcoal to the factory and the workers at the factory.
One of the key aspects of Fair Trade certification and development, is the focus on social upliftment and economic development of farm workers and smallholder farmers made possible through the use of a social premium. This premium is managed by an elected Fair Trade Premium Committee. SKA has developed training material on a range of topics that can be used to tailor make training programmes to capacitate and enable Fair Trade Premium Committees to make a meaningful and sustainable contribution to the improvement of social and economic circumstances on the farms where they work and in the communities where they live.
In 2012 SKA developed along with the FPEF, Fruit South Africa and International Produce Limited, the Leadership and Mentorship training programme. This programme is today housed by the FPEF and is aimed at changing the leadership profile on South African fruit farms, in pack houses and exporting companies.