Following the development of a vibrant international community of researchers and practitioners around the series of Fair Trade International Symposiums (FTIS – first held in Montreal 2002 and 2006, then Montpellier 2008, and Liverpool 2012), the International Steering Committee are delighted to announce a 5th event to be held in Milan, May 2015. Building on the express efforts made in Liverpool to facilitate a close working relationship between researchers, policy makers and practitioners, the 5th Fair Trade International Symposium will be held in conjunction with the next World Fair Trade Organisation’s Biennial Conference and in parallel to Expo, Milano 2015, Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life.
As advertised previously, a collection of papers presented at the FTIS 2012 in Liverpool, a Special Edition of the Social Enterprise Journal has been published with a focus on Fair Trade. You can view the paper available in the edition at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1750-8614&volume=9&issue=1
For anyone who wants a photo to comemorate FTIS, you can see the full range of pictures taken on the first day here
. All photos are available to buy from the site.
Renard, born in Belgium
is professor and researcher at the Department of Rural Sociology of Chapingo
University in Mexico.
She is sociologist from the University of
Louvain in Belgium, studied a Master degree in Social Anthropology in the
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a Ph.D. in Rural Studies
(Sociology) at the University of Toulouse le-Mirail in
She has carried out research on peasants and
Indian movements in Chiapas, on the coffee commodity chain and market, on
quality certification in agrofood and on Fair Trade: her Ph.D. dissertation
(“the interstices of globalization: al label (Max Havelaar) for the small
coffee producers”) is a pioneer work on Fair Trade. Currently she is working on
the mainstreaming of Fair Trade and quality certified products and governance
in the agrofood system.
Eitan Stern is
the co-founder of Concerned Consumers:
a consumer watchdog aimed at fostering sustainability and transparency within
the food and retail industry, as well as eLabel:
an integrated network of websites and mobile applications which deliver product
specific information to consumers where it counts most; in the supermarket
aisles, while shopping.
Eitan is a Law graduate
of the University of Cape Town. He
grew up immersed grass roots activism. He has worked on advocacy campaigns over
many years, including the Treatment Action Campaign and coordinating emergency
legal rights workshops for refugees during the South African xenophobia crisis
Dorothea Kleine is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published widely on Fair Trade, including her 2005 book Surfen in Birkenstocks, on the potential of the internet for Fair Trade. She was Project Manager of the EPSRC Fair Tracing Project (www.fairtracing.org) which gives consumers and producers more information about the value chains in which they operate. She is currently the Principal Investigator on the ESRC-DFID Choices project which focusses on ethical consumption and public procurement in Chile and Brazil (www.sustainablechoices.org).
Mr. Kusemererwa Saul Balisima is a Field Manager of a small farmer owned factory. He has been working with the farmers for five years. Prior to that, he worked as a trainer with private sector development and consultancy centre. In the same company he coordinates several projects including Geo fair-trade Project and Climate change projects. He has a background in Agriculture and project management.
Lijin Jacob Tom has been operations manager for Elements working with Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK), the FLO registered producer group with over 4,000 farmers in India since 2007. Primarily responsible logistics, he has also gained experience in procurement, processing and marketing of Fair Trade and Organic cashew, coffee, spices and coconut products. Seeing Fair Trade annual growth of FTAK from $1.1 Million in 2007 to $2.9 Million in 2011. Linjin is going to be at the FTIS/GFT representing FTAK the Indian case study for the GFT project.
"Our experience so far is that we lose sight of our product, the moment we place it on the weighing scale of the local trader. We moved one step further through Fair Trade when buyers began to look not simply at the lowest price on offer but also how their purchases enable sustainable livelihoods. With Geo Fair Trade we are further moving closer to our customers. The project will showcase the impact of Fair Trade on our organisation, our farming families and communities. We are slowly but steadily bridging not just the physical but also the emotional distance between the sensitive producers and the conscious consumers."