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Speakers announced for FTIS 2018

posted 5 Jul 2017, 06:50 by FTIS 2018

We are pleased to announce keynote speakers confirmed for the Fair Trade International Symposium 2018.

We are looking forward to welcoming representatives from across the Fair Trade movement including: Rudi Dalvai, President of WFTO; Darío Soto Abril, CEO Fairtrade International; Tsitsi Choruma, COO Fairtrade Africa; Linda McAvan MEP, Chair of the International Development Committee.


Please see link for more information and speaker bios

FTIS 2018 call for papers will open: September 2017

For any conference enquiries please email:

2017 Fair Trade Nation Public Lecture

posted 8 May 2017, 13:39 by FTIS 2018

How Fair Trade can enhance Food Resilience

Prof Bob Doherty will deliver the Scottish Fair Trade Nation lecture on Thursday 11 May.

The Global Food System is under severe pressure from shock and stresses, and according to the UN will have to produce 60% more food by 2050. Bob will outline why it can't be "business as usual" for the food system and will explain that Fair Trade can play an even more important role in helping to shape a more resilient food system in the future.

Register for free here:  

World Fair Trade Day - 13 May 2017

posted 8 May 2017, 13:29 by FTIS 2018

Agents for Change across five continents will join hand in hand for Fair Trade and the Planet to celebrate World Fair Trade Day on 13 May 2017. Fair traders in the supply chain, joined by consumers, policy makers and advocates, will form human chains in their celebrations to mark their commitment to Fair Trade and the Planet, our route to sustainable development.   

The 2017 celebration is the third in the series of ‘Be An Agent for Change’ campaign. We believe that Fair Trade is an Agent for Change, a solution to trade injustices and imbalances of power in the supply chain. People in the Fair Trade supply chain and the consumers supporting Fair Trade products are Agents for Change. It is our inherent power to make change. We believe that anyone can be an Agent for Change.

Together, hand in hand, we can work for a fairer world.

#fairtradeday #agentforchange

FTIS 2018: Portsmouth to Host

posted 8 May 2017, 10:08 by FTIS 2018   [ updated 8 May 2017, 13:23 ]

The FTIS Steering Committee are delighted to announce that the 6th Fair Trade International Symposium will be held in Portsmouth 26-28 June 2018

The conference title is: ‘Fair Trade and the SDGs: Investigating the fairness of sustainable development’

The aim of the conference is to investigate the ethics and practice of fairness that constitute the processes, goals and indicators of sustainable development. We encourage researchers and practitioners to use the SDGs as a lens to explore and assess Fair Trade’s contribution to date and potential to support a global agenda towards sustainable development.

Papers may set out to address a specific SDG or investigate cross-cutting themes relevant to Fair Trade and sustainable development.

Call for papers will open: September 2017

For any conference enquiries please email:

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. 

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