Latest FTIS News

FTI 2015 Launched!

posted 5 Jun 2014, 09:32 by Alastair Smith   [ updated 5 Jun 2014, 09:40 ]

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.

Special Edition with Conference Papers Published

posted 7 Jun 2013, 08:39 by Alastair Smith   [ updated 7 Jun 2013, 08:42 ]

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:

Photos Available from FTIS 2012

posted 4 May 2012, 10:34 by Alastair Smith

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.

Final Programme Released & Virtual Participation Announced

posted 26 Mar 2012, 11:04 by Alastair Smith   [ updated 26 Mar 2012, 11:24 ]

The Organisers are very pleased to be able to release the Final Programme for FTIS 2012. The document can be viewed and download here.

Furthermore, we would like to announce the opening of registration for virtual participation in the FTIS! Those not able to attend in person will be able to view all presentations, hear the speeches and ask questions in real time. In order to access this opportunity, it is necessary to pre-register here. Virtual participation is also free of charge.

Confirmation for Marie-Christine Renard: Sociology Researcher

posted 22 Mar 2012, 08:06 by Unknown user   [ updated 22 Mar 2012, 08:44 ]

Marie-Christine 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 France.

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.

Confirmation for Eitan Stern: Project Coordinator

posted 22 Mar 2012, 07:55 by Unknown user   [ updated 1 Apr 2012, 10:18 ]

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 in 2008. 

Confirmation for Dorothea Kleine: Senior Lecturer

posted 22 Mar 2012, 07:47 by Unknown user   [ updated 28 Mar 2012, 08:27 ]

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 ( 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 (

Garstang Trip!

posted 22 Mar 2012, 07:21 by Unknown user   [ updated 22 Mar 2012, 07:51 ]

Fancy an overnight trip to Lancashire, the world's first known Fair Trade Town? If you are interested to take part in this once in a life time opportunity on Thursday 5th April, please follow the link bellow for more details:

Confirmation for Mr. Kusemererwa Saul Balisima: Field Manager

posted 14 Mar 2012, 09:13 by Unknown user   [ updated 22 Mar 2012, 07:59 ]

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.

More Producers Confirm for FTIS: Lijin Jacob

posted 7 Mar 2012, 06:45 by Alastair Smith   [ updated 22 Mar 2012, 07:59 by Unknown user ]

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."

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