LFP and Bapro have always engaged in trade relationships that are fair and have only recently sought international Fairtrade certification. The philosophy behind our economic activities is that every actor in the trade chain should be rewarded fairly for his input. Recently though, there has been an increase in the demand for Fairtrade-certified products in the developed countries LFP and Bapro export to. The tea producers group (GCPSL) and Bapro hence applied for certification in 2005 and were both awarded a European certificate in 2006. Since then, there has been continuous improvement within our structure to keep complying with the Fairtrade legislation.
All LFP’s and Bapro’s products come from organic agriculture. Part of the solid partnerships established with the farmers has always been to help the producers use environmentally friendly practices and organic systems in order to improve their production. Recently, to counter the increased and proactive publicity made for the so-called benefits of chemical input, LFP and Bapro have engaged in numerous training activities with all their partner producers so that their production remains chemical-free. Since 2006, Batieng Products and the GCPSL are certified organic for European markets.