Global brands and retailers are expanding their sourcing in Africa across different industries including horticulture, textiles, crafts and coffee. This brings a number of challenges as commercial pressures are contributing to the casualization of workers and the exclusion of smaller producers. Addressing abuses of workers rights, meeting buyer demand and standards compliance requires more skilled and empowered workers. Complementary public–private strategies are needed to promote skills upgrading, enhance multistakeholder engagement and support the resilience of supply chains. Thus, there are now new opportunities for workers and small producers to ‘climb the supply chain ladder’.

Given this context, Partner Africa projects focus on:

Buyer driven global supply chains:
providing opportunities to improve working conditions through partnerships with global and African firms. This can lead to more sustainable access to markets through collaboration and joint action with a range of stakeholders including: companies, suppliers, trade associations, trade unions and NGOs.

The informal sector:
smallholders, home workers, and artisans etc. who struggle for access to, or are adversely incorporated, into the global markets. We use our local knowledge and people to facilitate linkages and improve access to local, regional and international markets. The focus is on supporting producer organisations to better organise and manage their operations, so that they are able to meet buyer requirements and access new markets.

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