Certified Operator (Certification Applicant)Original Food4 stars

Place, CountryFreiburg, Germany

Contactwww.originalfood.de, post@originalfood.de

Certified Productscoffeefair for life logo
Certification ProgrammeFair for Life - Social & Fair Trade Certification
Performance Rating
ChapterContent of the Fair For Life - Social & Fair Trade ProgrammeMaximumRating
1Core Principles and Values44
2Commitment to and Management of Fair Trade Policy82
4Respect of the Environment4429
5Local Development and Community Relations32
6Trading and Supply chain relations6442
7Empowerment74
8Traceability, Transparency and Respect of the Consumer3323
9Managing Certification and Performance1716
Total Score Performance Rating122
Certification for fair trade and responsible supply chains
Impact, special achievements & commitmentsOriginal Food GmbH was founded in 2004 in order to support and advance an integrated development and environment project in Ethiopia. Its core idea is to combine forest conservation and forest use – by creating an economic incentive for smallholder farmers to sustainably use non-timber forest products and thereby protect the natural habitat.

Kafa in the southwest of Ethiopia is known for being the birthplace of Coffea arabica where coffee still grows wild in a unique diversity. Original Food pays very high prices for this treasure which is picked by the local people. Wild coffee has thus become source of income for more than 8.000 farmers and forest protection a genuine interest of the community.
In 2015, the project in Kafa was extended to the neighbouring rainforest of Sheka, where Original Food, in cooperation with GIZ and another private company, has started to build up sustainable value chains based on the successful model of the longterm collaboration with the farmers in Kafa.
The prices which Original Food pays do not only cover production costs, but also take into account reasonable profits and measures to improve the social structure of the region. They include a social premium to the producer organization for financing social, educational, health and environmental projects or as additional income for smallholder farmers. In the case of Sheka, the Farmers' Union has been supported in implementing the Fair for Life-certification.

Reached percentage of the applicable Total Norm Points for the overall performance
Percentage73 %

Date of Certification
First02.05.2019
Last Update01.09.2020

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