Alternative trading systems, particularly fair trade, offer many opportunities for small-scale and emerging farmers. But while fair trade worldwide and in Africa is dominated by products from small-scale farmers, in South Africa they are in a distinct minority.
Of the more than 60 South African producers certified through the international Fairtrade Labelling Organisation (FLO) only 4 are small-farmer organisations, and only a handful are worker-owned "commercial" farms.
The remaining are however required to comply with South African BB-BEE requirements, which promote part-ownership of the enterprise by farm-workers.
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