Fairfood’s Moroccan tomato project has now been underway for more than three years! Together with the local Moroccan agricultural labour union Fédération Nationale du Secteur Agricole (FNSA) we are working on improving the working conditions and wages for agricultural workers the Souss Massa region.
Today we published the case study ‘Creating positive change for workers in global food chains – A case study of the partnership between an international NGO and a local trade union in the Moroccan tomato supply chain‘. This case study gives an overview of everything Fairfood has done and achieved in these three years and it includes the practicalities of collaboration between an international NGO and a local trade union, the successes, the challenges, and the lessons Fairfood and the FNSA have learned.
The project has brought about some significant and concrete improvements: now, the partners have access to concrete facts from two field research studies that were conducted, living wages are now on the agenda of major European retailers, Moroccan companies are considerably more willing to meet with the FNSA and unionists in Morocco are much better equipped to negotiate with companies. Further indirectly, the project has contributed to more workers becoming registered for social security, an increase in union membership and improved transport conditions.
In the Morocco project, we have learned that collaboration between different stakeholders opens the door to many new opportunities to create value for all involved. Both Fairfood and the FNSA have gained a great deal from this partnership and have achieved far more than they could have done alone. We are now looking for ways to further improve workers’ conditions at the production end of agricultural global food chains.
Fairfood has been working in Morocco since January 2013, together with our partner the FNSA, the largest agricultural trade union in the country. The project has focused on the Souss-Massa region, where the vast majority of Moroccan tomatoes are produced. The majority of these workers are women. They often live and work in very poor conditions and don’t earn enough to meet even their most basic needs. These tomatoes are sold by European supermarkets, such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Albert Heijn. Read more about the issues in our report The fruits of their labour – the low wages behind Moroccan tomatoes sold in European supermarkets.