For trade to be fair, it must be inclusive.
Everyone should have the right to earn a decent living, and to be treated with dignity and respect at work. That’s why it’s crucial to break down the stigmas and stereotypes that can often prevent certain groups of people from getting involved in trade and business.
In doing so, we can make sure that when the right opportunities arise, no-one gets left behind.
Disability inclusion in mainstream value chains
In Tanzania, almost one in ten people is living with disabilities, two-thirds of whom live in rural areas. The coffee and cocoa value chains are both potential growth areas for the Tanzanian economy and entail many different activities, making them an obvious potential source of employment for people with disabilities.
In 2017, Traidcraft Exchange commissioned a study to explore this potential more fully. Based on the study findings, our new project was designed to increase the visibility, voice, choice and control of people with disabilites in the coffee, cocoa and palm oil value chains.
Fermenting cocoa beans in banana leaves. Credit: Traidcraft Exchange/Catherine Gunby
Where are we working? Tanzania; Kyela, Rungwe, Mbozi and Kilombero districts and parts of Dar es Salaam
How long for? September 2018 - August 2022 (4 years)
Who is benefiting? 1,000 people with disabilities and 500 farmers and micro entrepreneurs without disabilities
To enhance people with disabilities’ and target households’ access to livelihood opportunities in the coffee, cocoa and palm oil value chains, as well as to financial and business development services
To improve access to reliable and profitable markets for the coffee, cocoa and palm oil value chains
To improve the knowledge, attitude, behaviour and practices of people in the local community towards people with disabilities participating in the coffee, cocoa, palm oil value chains
Who are we working with? Our partner Shivyawata with funding from Big Lottery Fund.