Background of Organization
Established in 1996, Southern Partner and Fair Trade Center ( formerly Southern Partners and Fair Trade Corporation ), acted as the processing and trading facility of the people’s organizations, and the direct link between the region’s producers and the end-users or consumers.
SPFTC advocates for and practices the basic tenets of FAIR TRADE in its processing and marketing. This means paying a fair price for the producer’s farm products and for the production workers; and delivering quality products to the consumers.
SPFTC partners with 24 Community Farmer Organizations in Cebu and 50% of these are Coconut Farmer Producers, four in Bohol and others are in Leyte and in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental. The average farm size of farmer producers is 0.25 hectare. Some farmer producers are small owner cultivators, with 0.25 hectare to one hectare. The majority of farmer producers are landless and they lease the land they cultivate.
A 500 ml jar of virgin Coconut Oil is made from two to three coconuts. The coconuts are grated, dried into dessicated coconut and then the oil is extracted from the dessicated coconut.
Type of Organization
A Fair Trade Organization focused on sourcing and processing fruits and artisan made items in Cebu Philippines. SPFTC is development-oriented and is active in advocacy for small-scale farmers offering programs in Fair Trade, Post-harvest technology, Product Research and Organic Production.