Buyers’ sustainable procurement practices

There have been a couple of activities which have demonstrated that a more positive and long-term relationship between producers and buyers/traders is possible. This has shown that buyers/traders are willing to back up their commitments with actions. But in order to reach the programme targets, more long-term buyer/trader relationships with the producers, and changes in the procurement systems are required.

Oxfam is currently having one-to-one conversations with all the buyers in the coalition. They will report back to the overall group on the results of these conversations to show the progress made to date by buyers. Oxfam will do this in an aggregated manner so that competition law is respected. Next to individual conversations, Oxfam will carry out a supply chain survey. Preliminary talks were held with original survey designers Andrew Fearney, Norwich Business School/University of East Anglia, and Bill Vorley/ IIED to better understand complexities and requirements to carry out this exercise within the Malawi Tea 2020 supply chain. Such a survey is used in other sectors and proved to be successful as a starting point to improve relationships in the supply chain. In June, Oxfam will facilitate a workshop to establish an industry risk analysis framework and mitigation plan (VRA) for the Malawi Tea industry. Preparatory VRA documents with risk and hazard identification have been prepared and shared with Steering Committee members. The outcomes of the VRA process will be used to review the overall Roadmap of Malawi Tea 2020.

Revitalising the Malawian tea industry

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