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The Agricultural Justice Project

What is Domestic Fair Trade?

• Preserving dignity for

agricultural and food system


• Building community by

promoting respect for every link

in the chain of production

• Paying fair prices and wages

that account for costs of

production and quality of life

• Visibility and transparency:

raising the level of consumer


• BUILDING COMMUNITY: Bringing together organizations

and businesses in annual meetings

• DEFENDING THE PRINCIPLES: Promoting cooperation

and agreement on key principles amongst members

• Members undergo peer review to support and ensure

adherence to principles

• CONSUMER EDUCATION: Development of criteria to

evaluate and publish endorsements of fair trade labels that

meet the DFTA principles

• Facilitation of a dialogue between different fair trade

labels to encourage cooperation

Components of a Fair Market Claim with Integrity

• Standards with continual


• Verification System

• Scope

• Labeling

• Governance/Oversight

Stakeholder Participation


The Agricultural Justice Project (AJP)

works towards social justice across the

entire North American food system.

Rewarding honest and open relationships

with those in the fields to those stocking

grocery shelves… for all who labor in the

food system.


By developing a label for foods

that come from farms and business

with excellent labor, trade, and

environmental stewardship practices.

AJP Standards (The Promise)

• Farmers & all food system workers' rights to freedom of


• Fair wages and benefits for workers

• Fair and equitable contracts for farmers and buyers

• Fair pricing for farmers

• Clear conflict resolution policies for farmers, workers, and buyers

• The rights of indigenous peoples (under development)

• Workplace health and safety and decent farmworker housing

• High quality training for farm interns and apprentices

• The rights and protection of children on farms

• Protection of the environment (organic and sustainable farming


The Verification System

1. Third party certification done by trained

organic certifiers

2. Audit team includes worker

representatives from local workers


Trish Dougherty from MOSA

(organic certifier) compares audit

notes with Richard Mandlebaum

from CATA during 2009 audits


Farmworkers (all, even if just 1)

Children on farms

Farm interns



Food Business workers

Indigenous producers and

collectors (in development)

Stakeholder Input and


• Standards Development and Revisions

• Policies regarding complaints, scope, verification

system, and governance structures approved by

stakeholder Advisory Council

• Worker organizations part

of inspection team

• Community consultation

published by AJP for


Manuel Guzman from Farmworker Support

Committee (CATA) interviewing a farmworker

at Keewaydin Farm.

AJP Services Offered

• Technical Assistance

• Desk audits

• On-site pre-certification assessments

• Custom support packages to fit any size operation

• Inspector and Certifier Training

• Open group trainings held periodically, announced on our website

• Custom or private trainings available

• Certifier Accreditation

• Technical assistance packages available

• Annual desk audit, bi-annual office and witness audits

• Trainings for worker representatives

• Training for how to participate in an AJP audit

• Training for how to educate workers of their rights as

employees on farms or in food system businesses

Farmer Direct Co-operative first to received Food Justice

Certification (non-pilot) in 2010 from Quality Certification Services


Agricultural Justice Project Contact

Sally Lee

P.O. Box 640

Pittsboro, NC 27510

phone: 919-542-1396 ext. 211

fax: 919-542-0069

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