Thursday, 30 November 2023
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Certification of commodities

In conformity with certification requirements by various consumers in the world, commodity suppliers are required to conform to some established standards. In this respect the firm undertakes studies in gap analysis of the supply chain with a view to advising the clients/suppliers on requirements for various certification standards, e.g. cafe-practices; utz-cafe; fare trade; rain forest etc.

One of the critical challenges confronting Africa’s agricultural commodity market include the lack of confidence in its ability to meet industrial demand for agricultural commodity in the required volume, quality and standards. The cost of transaction in meeting local and international industrial demand is huge due largely to the fragmented nature of gathering small quantities of produce from dispersed locations and the cost of product handling and upgrading. 
In most of the studies conducted on the local commodity value chains, the issues of product adulteration, standardization and quality control has been a recurring decimal and commodities originating from Africa are very often presumed substandard and immediately discounted to the detriment of the value chain stakeholders and the nations at large. 
Nobles’ intervention to that is usually to establish an objective mechanism for ascertaining quality standards that will provide assurance to buyers and end users of products from client countries that has thus become necessary. The implementation of this mechanism will also serve to motivate value chain actors to work to improve quality, raise industry standards and to apply collectively agreed quality measures. Enforcement protocols and capacity enhancement strategies for voluntary compliance are also developed.