SUSTAINABLE FIBRE ALLIANCE
creating a sustainable cashmere supply chain
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Work Programme

Work Programmes

Based on the situation analysis, cashmere supply chain stakeholder consultations, government policies on agricultural and natural resources sector, national and international academics and practitioners research findings, SFA has identified priority areas for its work programme and developed its Strategy 2017-2020. The priority areas of work programmes are to support responsible animal husbandry of livestock; promotion of sustainable natural resource management; and development of cashmere value chain: improvement of cashmere quality, standards and marketing.

Our Delivery Mechanisms

Our work starts at the very beginning of the chain with herder households and herder cooperatives. Our delivery mechanisms are locally based and operate on the ground in Mongolia. Personnel have recent and relevant knowledge of the cashmere supply chain working with herding families to provide a holistic service that has sustainability at its heart. Using our Codes of Practice to anchor our training programmes we encourage collective action by herding families to cascade good practice as peripatetic trainers.

WORK PROGRAMME SCOPE

The current Codes of Practice for Grassland Management and Animal Welfare are to be embedded into a registration and accreditation process for herder community programme. The establishment of this is our ‘core activity’ during the period 2017 -2022. The SFA is planning to implement its work programmes systematically following robust and transparent mechanisms.   This is our ‘core activity’ during the period 2017 -2022. The SFA is planning to implement its work programmes systematically following robust and transparent mechanisms.  


Herders

Improve the livelihoods of herders and their families in cashmere producing regions by scaling up our grassroots projects.   Supporting herders through innovative staged solutions.

Environmental Impact

Reduce the environmental impact of cashmere production and promote the protection and conservation of biodiversity through our Rangeland Stewardship Code of Practice.

Animal Welfare

Assure the welfare of cashmere goats through our Animal Welfare Code of Practice.  Improve health and welfare management of goats and implement adaptation measures to extreme weather conditions.

Education

Promote  global awareness of sustainably produced cashmere. Increase the supply chain’s commitment to producing sustainable cashmere.


SFA Standard System -Code of Practice

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SFA’s Codes of Practice and capacity building approach are based on robust research and development. These are supported by leading research experts from social, economic, environmental, educational and anthropological scientific fields of study and work. The SFA Standard System is developed together with key industry stakeholders through broad consultation and by engaging herder cooperatives, biodiversity and conservation experts and wider supply chain. The overall objective is that internationally traded cashmere is produced, processed and marketed using sustainable practices.
The SFA has developed Codes of Practice in Grassland Stewardship and Animal Welfare. These feed into the SFA Cashmere Standard System which serves as a recognised industry benchmark for sustainable cashmere production.


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Young Herder Training Programme

As part of championing grassland management, the SFA carried out "Young Herder Training Programme 2015-2017. We see young herders as a catalyst in championing change in grassland management, animal health and welfare and vital support intervention for implementing our Code of Practices. The SFA is working to create formal conditions where young herders gain access to diverse types of knowledge to improve their adaptive capacity and build their resilience in changing social-ecological pastoral systems. The SFA takes an approach that is a learner-driven regional action approach as opposed to prepackaged general evidences and conclusions.

The SFA Young herder training was delivered by the NUTAG ACADEMY and supported by LIFETIME EDUCATION CENTRE OF GOBI-ALTAI AIMAG, REGIONAL BUSINESS LEADERS FUND, LOCAL COUNCILS OF JARGALAN AND BAYAN-UUL SOUMS OF GOBI-ALTAI AILMAG.


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Train the Trainer 

The SFA is providing Training of Trainer (ToT) and engagement activities throughout its herding communities and sfaff of partnering NGO's . If a producer organisation works with a supporting NGO partner, and the staff of the NGO partner have been adequately trained by SFA, subsequent external assessments may be conducted by the staff of that NGO. The purpose of this measure is to reduce costs of certification.The SFA training manuals to support its capacity building of herders in the Codes of Practice and covers guidance on implementation; building resilience and adaptive management and disaster risk management. 


SUPPORTING WORK PROGRAMMES

In addition to its core activities, the SFA has recognised the need for staged specific incentive programmes to support the needs of herding families and communities. Herding communities seek to improve the fibre quality and mitigate the impact of severe weather events on the viability of herder livelihoods. In response, the SFA is developing:

a.   A Fibre Quality Improvement– it is recognised that the development of improved fibre is to form part of the incentive for the supply chain actors and help to provide long-term financial incentives for herders. SFA donors and supporters are invited to invest in specific breeding programmes in partner communities.

b.   A Disaster Risk Fund - directly supporting herders in preparing for severe weather events and other disaster prevention measures.  Donors and supporters are invited to contribute to this fund once it’s established.