The market pull through of the ASC label will promote positive change at the farm level. The longer term success of the ASC requires that supply can meet demand. The ASC is cooperating with strategic partners who run programs to support farmers towards more responsible practices, in reducing social and environmental impact, improve business performance and progress towards independent certification against the ASC standards. One of those partners is IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative
For pangasius producers in Vietnam IDH has established the ASC Accelerator to help offset the expense, and speed up the process of attaining ASC certification for pangasius farmers in Vietnam. The ASC Accelerator is an innovative public-private partnership created by IDH, SNV and pangasius traders Binca, DKSH, FEMEG, Mayonna, Nordic Seafood, Queens and Seafood Connection, in connection with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Vietnamese government, Vietnamese Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) and Vinafis.
The ASC Accelerator supports Viertnamese pangasius farmers providing technical and financial assistance for services to attain ASC certification. The Accelerator will provde 50-50% co-financing for technical services to consultants, trainers and other technical service providers that can help speed them along the path to certification.
The ASC Accelerator helps pangasius traders to manage their supply of ASC certified pangasius, strengthening their relations with suppliers and creating meaningful impact on the water. The ASC Accelerator mechanism may be expanded to other species and countries in the near future.
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Esther Luiten, IDH program manager Aquaculture: ‘The expected success of ASC in the market can only be long lasting when supply of responsible seafood meets the demand. That is why the IDH Aquaculture program aims to support pangasius, tilapia and shrimp farmers to comply to the ASC standards. That is how ASC and IDH work together to make responsible seafood farming mainstream and impactfull.'