FAIRIS - Diagnosis of the iris value chain, and since 2015, support to comply with a sustainable sourcing private standard

November 2015
April 2020
Project cost
20 000 € / an
Role in the project
Value chain expertise




Agriculture Organic Agriculture Market





Main goals

  • Feasibility study of the establishment of a private fair trade internal standard of a buyer
  • Support of the sourcing since 2015 on compliance with this private standard (purchasing and working conditions, prices, quantities, collective premium management...)

Specific objectives

  • Describe the supply chain (production, processing, marketing) of the iris sector in Morocco, in particular typology of producers and share of income in the household
  • Define an action plan for ESR certification (Fair, Solidarity, Responsible) become Fair For Life (FFL) certification
  • Support the local processing/export company and the group of producers in complying with the specifications, for, among other things, (i) setting up their Internal Control System (ICS) and (ii) managing of the fair development premium fund (discussions, design, implementation, monitoring and corrections, reporting)


Iris producers in Morocco


R1. The standard is respected and it generates positive economic and social impacts on producers
R2. The development premium is used wisely and also generates impacts on the territory
R3. Obtain a current global vision of the supply chain
R4. Socio-economic description of the area (based on official data, eg. from the Haut-Commissariat au Plan du Maroc)
R5. Quick description of the agrarian system (agricultural history of the region, description of the different production systems and main farming techniques)
R6. Evaluation of the relative weight of iris rhizome cultivation in household income (qualitative survey on few producers family, sample to be made on the basis of volume purchased)
R7. Identify the actions to be taken to comply with the fairtrade standard


A1. Statistical and bibliographic analysis: volumes exchanged, prices, trends (depends on available data) for global description of the sector
A2. Qualitative survey in the production zone in Morocco
A3. Description done by interview with focus groups, landscape reading, field observations, surveys of agricultural technical services
A4. Field visit of cultivation, production and processing sites
A5. Interviewing operators in the local sector: collectors, processors, exporters

Related people

Project Manager / Agriculture & Market / France

Julien Gonnet

Holder of a Professional Master II in Sustainable Development from the University of Geneva and a Master I in Geography from the University of Jean Moulin, he brings his expertise in project building and project management on agricultural markets, the use of ICT within the agriculture sector, the implementation of certification (organic, fair...) and engineering training

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