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Silke Fuchshofen 

Before obtaining her BSc in International Agriculture, Silke worked at a forwarding agency in Hamburg, Germany.

From 2009 – 2018 she did organic and non-GMO inspections for processing facilities, most of them in the USA.


As a consultant, she has supported numerous operations to obtain NOP certification, navigate adverse actions, or get reinstated. Silke has developed and conducted trainings for clients, inspectors and certifiers. Her internal audits of certification agencies are highly valued (see testimonials). For more information, please contact

Silke was part of the team that developed the compliance program Fair Trade Sustainability Alliance (FairTSA) and has served on the FairTSA board for 7 years. She served on the IOIA board for 2 years. 

Winfried Fuchshofen 

Winfried has a Ph.D. in organic agriculture and long-standing experience as a consultant to organic certifiers, farms, businesses and other organizations. He co-created and is currently CEO of Fair Trade Sustainability Partners Inc.

Winfried works with an international network of organic certification agencies, producers and traders. He is available for strategic consulting, long-term solutions to sourcing and sustainable supply chains. He writes articles for US and German publications, can be contracted for speaking engagements and to chair or participate in panel discussions.
Winfried was instrumental in the development of the first ever B.Sc. program in Organic Agriculture in 1993/94. This course at the
University of Kassel, Germany, later received a 1 Mio German Mark award for innovation in teaching and learning by the German Ministry of Education. Within that program he taught the very successful 1-year course "Conversion to Organic Farming". In this study course, a group of students visited a farm to analyze all aspects relevant to conversion to organic. They researched options, discussed possible solutions with the the farmer families and developed a complete Conversion Plan.

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