In the past few years the flower industry in Africa has often been criticized for violating international labor laws and exploiting their workforce, especially women. In many cases I think this criticism is just. However this doesn’t mean that every flower farm in Africa is doing business in an unethical, harmful way. For Hivos I visited a flower company in Kenya that is considered to be a frontrunner in the production of ‘fair flowers’, flowers that are grown according to national and international social and environmental standards. The result is a set of videos and print articles (sorry, only available in Dutch at the moment) published on a website and in a single issue magazine for the Dutch flower sector. Hopefully these examples will help raise awareness about fair and sustainable flower production in countries like Kenya, where this industry is so massively important.
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