Monthly Archives: December 2012

European Fair Trade Assoc Celebrates 25 Years & Issues Statement to the Movement

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The European Fair Trade Association (EFTA) is now celebrating its 25th anniversary. EFTA is an association of 100% Fair Trade organizations, with ten members in nine different European countries. Long before Fairtrade certified products were widely available in supermarkets and cafes, these organizations were working hand-in-hand with small producers in developing countries, helping them to develop their businesses and to access new markets that had previously been completely shut off to them. Now many of these Fair Trade pioneers are well known brands in their respective countries –Traidcraft in the UK, Gepa in Germany, or Fair Trade Original in the Netherlands, to name but a few.

EFTA was born in 1987, to help these organizations coordinate their activities and support the spread of Fair Trade across Europe. EFTA gained formal status in 1990 and is based in the Netherlands. EFTA is also one of the founding members of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office.

EFTA also published a “Statement to the Movement”, reconfirming their commitment to small scale, disadvantaged farmers and stating its ambition to find new strategies to change the way business works.

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Canada Fair Trade Business Forum Coming Jan. 10 in Calgary

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The Canadian Fair Trade Network is welcoming all Fair Trade businesses in Canada for an all-day discussion about business in Canada, where we will work collaboratively to identify and overcome barriers.

Date: Thursday January 10th, 2013

Time: 8:30am – 5:30pm

Location: The Hyatt Regency Hotel | 700 Centre Street Southwest, Calgary, AB. T2G 5P6

Room: To be announced

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Fairtrade Smallholders to Access Carbon Financing

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Fairtrade International and The Gold Standard Foundation  announced an agreement to incorporate Fairtrade principles into Gold Standard carbon projects, with the first credits expected by the end of 2013. Through Fairtrade’s extensive network of farmer communities, thousands more smallholders in developing countries will be able to access the carbon market and receive much needed finance to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

For farmers this means a welcome opportunity to receive financial support for their efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change on their farms and communities, such as tree planting, reducing use of fertilizers and improved soil management. Some Fairtrade farmers have seen yields decrease by up to 50 percent over the past year. Research suggests that, due to climate change, yields will continue to decrease, threatening farmers’ livelihoods, impacting food security and global supply chains.

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New Study Assesses the Impacts of Fairtrade on Rural Development

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A new study examined the effects of Fairtrade on rural development in the producing countries, as well as what are the decisive factors for maximizing benefits.  On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, 2 labeling initiatives of Fairtrade International, TransFair e.V. Germany and Max Havelaar Switzerland, commissioned a study that assesses the effects of Fairtrade in several product ranges on three continents. The study was co-financed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the German development co-operation organisations Misereor and Brot für die Welt/EED and was developed by research institute CEval of Saarbrücken, Germany.

A range of qualitative and quantitative data was gathered for this study. Farmers and dependent workers in Ghana, Peru, Kenya & India were interviewed in 32 group discussions and 128 individual interviews. 3750 survey forms as well as primary and secondary literature were evaluated. Case studies from the coffee, banana, tea, cotton, cocoa and flower product ranges were evaluated. The study compared the development of Fairtrade-certified small farmer co-operatives, plantations and contract production with that of conventional organizations.

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University of Guelph Becomes Canada’s 3rd Fair Trade Campus

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This November, the University of Guelph became the first Fair Trade Campus in Ontario and the third in Canada. Thanks to the efforts of the university’s Engineers Without Borders chapter, university administration and hospitality services, the Guelph community can more easily support trade justice. University-owned catering outlets on the Guelph campus will now serve only Fairtrade certified coffee.  University catering outlets must also provide Fairtrade certified alternatives for tea and chocolate.

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