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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 Chloe Fleet-Chapman   [ 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 Chloe Fleet-Chapman   [ 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 Chloe Fleet-Chapman   [ 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 (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).

Garstang Trip!

posted 22 Mar 2012 07:21 by Chloe Fleet-Chapman   [ 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 Chloe Fleet-Chapman   [ 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 Chloe Fleet-Chapman ]

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."

Ian Bretman, Fairtrade International, Confirmed as a Speaker

posted 22 Feb 2012 14:02 by Alastair Smith

Ian Bretman is the Executive Vice-Chair of the Board at Fairtrade International, and has agreed to reflect on his long experience of fair trade to contribute towards the summarising of the FTIS 2012. See all the confirmed speakers here.

Prize for the Best Paper Announced

posted 22 Feb 2012 08:31 by Alastair Smith   [ updated 22 Feb 2012 08:56 ]

Due to generous sponsorship by Emerald, the best paper presented at the FTIS 2012 will be awarded six months free journal access to the Emerald website and a second place paper will receive a free copy of the book 'Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability. Vol 3.

Finally, everyone can be a winner as Emerald have also offered all delegates 30% off the same book as part of their participation.

Final Deadline for Registration

posted 16 Feb 2012 12:06 by Alastair Smith

With approaching 130 registered delegates the deadline for registration for the Fair Trade International Symposium 2012 is fast approaching. The final day registration will be possible is 10th March.

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