Fair Trade Forum – India placed 13 POCs last year in Al – NafishProteins, 13 in ChamdaUdyog and 4 in Lajij Hotel. On March 20th the FTF team visited Al- Nafish Proteins to monitor the working conditions and to take feedback from the POCs about the same. The 13 POCs who were placed initially are still working at the factory and are happy with the work. One of the POCs Mohd. Zahid has now turned into a contractor and has employed 14-15 more POCs and is planning to start a unit of his own. Mr. Zahid gave the team a tour around the factory and explained the entire meat processing process. He also explained that the organ, POCs are working on is the most valuable product in meat processing.

The observations made by the team were that though the POCs are being paid well and are happy with the job there is no assured social security for them. The POCs are not provided with complete safety gears. The living conditions they are provided with are poor and unhygienic.

The team assured Mr. Zahid that FTF will be happy to help with the documentation part for the factory if required.

PRAGYA Workshop: on Responsible Trade Network for Himalayan Agri-Products

PRAGYA Workshop: on Responsible Trade Network for Himalayan Agri-Products

PRAGYA; an NGO working for the welfare of Himalayan farmers conducted a workshop on 6th March 2019 in New Delhi, at the Indian Habitat Center. This multi-stakeholder consultation by Pragya was addressed by some very prominent experts in the field of global Agricultural experts along with Business leader & Marketing Consultants. The audience of the workshop displayed a wide cultural diversity with farmers from different parts of the Himalayas, including Leh, Uttarkashi, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. The Workshop addressed the issue of “A responsible Trade Network for Himalayan Agri-produce” where the issue and its solution were suggested by the experts.

Fair Trade Forum- India President, Iytha Mallikarjuna was invited at the Event for the panel discussion on Ethical and Equitable Trade Partnership- promoting Fair Trade along Himalayan Agro-Products value Chain. On behalf of FTF-I, Mr.Iytha presented as into how adhering to Fair Trading practices can help promote Fair trade along the Himalayan farmers and what are the concerns that needs to be addressed and looked into to start the fair trade and benefit the primary producers instead of filling the pockets of big business tycoons and starving our farmers. the session was very interactive with farmers consulting the experts regarding their problems and the healthy dialogue certainly proved very beneficial on both the ends. It was a really great initiative by PRAGYA that helped bring together the Practical aspects of the farmers meet the technical Expertise from the Guests lead to fruitful discussion.

After The discussion diferent groups also set up their information Booth in the hall where the guests from around the country took turns to understand the work being performed by different NGO gruops. FTF-I also had an information booth set up, that informed the audience about our work and principles. we had also  potrayed the products produced by different member organisation. the audience were quite fascinated by the beautiful and unique Products by our members including the seedable pencil and notebooks along with jute bags and candles. This workshop also brought many willing to be members in the FTF-I team.

Fair Cooking Campaign – Report

Fair Cooking Campaign was conceptualized to promote and showcase the fine quality of the Fair Trade Certified Food Ingredients.  This campaign was designed to make consumers aware about the only food ingredients which will not only keep them healthy but also their conscience. The Fair Trade Certified Ingredients are free from exploitation and child Labour and are grown and harvested/cultured using eco-friendly practises.

The   Fair   Cooking   Campaign   was   supported by Fair Trade International  – India Chapter in two phases, one was at the venue of the Conference i.e., Hotel Crowne Plaza, Okhla during the entire conference and at Fair Cooking Night held on 10thNovember, 2017 at The Junction, Hauz Khas .Full Report


Fair Fashion Show – Style me Sustainable

Fair Fashion Show

Tagline: Style Me Sustainable

Date: 10th November 2017

Held at National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi

Fair Fashion   Show-   “Style   Me   Sustainable”   –   a   unique   event   showcasing   beautiful ensembles made from Fair/Natural fabrics & fibers, was showcased on 10th November as a part of  WFTW  2017  thereby  sending  out  a  strong  message  about  setting  trends    via    our traditional crafts.  The Show will focus on creating awareness about Slow/Fair /Sustainable Fashion    by   showcasing   trendy   ensembles  created   through   the fusion of sustainable fabrics, traditional techniques and modern designs.The Show was attended by the International Delegation and students of NIFT. The en devour was also to orient the budding designers towards Fair Fashion and how it treat people and planet fairly the show also endeavored to bring artisans to the forefront it was supported by Ministry of DoNER and Ministry of textile along with Go-coop. Embassies of Bulgaria, South Africa and Vietnam and their ambassador  show cased the support by walking the ramp and sporting Fair Trade apparels and accessories.

We would also like to thank and appreciate the efforts and  gestures of Exim Bank, NSDC, Taneira, NIFT Delhi, and Hand Crafted in India for making this show create success. Read More



14th WFTO Biennial Conference – Report

14th WFTO Biennial Conference – Report

The WFTO conference has grown in size. Over 300 participants from 60 countries came to debate and network at the largest biennial Fair Trade gathering in New Delhi, India, from 9 to 13 November 2017. It is a milestone because this is the goal – that of bringing more people to discuss issues and exchange ideas. The conference was attended by representatives from the Fair Trade supply chain, policy makers, and other professionals.

Over 25 topics under the theme ‘Fair Trade – a path to sustainable development’ were discussed and presented, including the improved WFTO Guarantee System, which is not only a Fair Trade compliance tool but also a development tool for sustainable development.

Conference participants rated the conference with a 4 out of 5 score, 5 being extremely useful to their work or business. Participants were happy and satisfied in areas, according to the overall result of the conference experience survey. The feedback we received will help us organise the next conference even better.

We are thankful to our co-organiser Fair Trade Forum India. Your help and support allowed us to run the whole event from start to finish with ease and efficiency.

The opening ceremony is always a notable part in every conference. The Delhi conference is no exception.

WFTO President Rudi Dalvai welcomed the participants and introduced the conference title ‘Fair Trade, a Path to Sustainable Development.’ In his welcome message, Rudi said that the WFTO Conference has become one of the most important international Fair Trade meetings where issues are debated and ideas exchanged. He said the title was chosen to reflect the current aims of Fair Trade, which are congruent with the
sustainable development goals (SDGs). He cited the daily themes as reflecting the important topics and conversation that fair traders should address, such as ‘Fair Trade Responses to a changing market environment’ and ‘Trading you way to sustainable development’ (Fair Trade as a tool for development).

Representing the conference host and co-organiser, Mallikarjuna Iytha welcomed guests and participants. The opportunity to host has allowed them to showcase Fair Trade in India and their contribution to the global growth of the movement.

This year’s edition is the 14th in the biennial series. Looking back at the humble beginnings, Kuppusamy Panchaksharam a.ka. Panchu of SIPA Fair Deal Trust showed a photo presentation of the previous WFTO conferences. He was proud to have never failed to attend all of them. For each slide, Panchu shared his personal recollections, which became warm and sentimental reflections highlighting the evolution of the WFTO biennial conferences.

The traditional opening ritual is the centrepiece of the whole programme. Representatives of WFTO and host organisation Fair Trade Forum India, together with keynote speakers took part in lighting an oil lamp, an Indian customary rite held before an important activity. It symbolises wisdom, knowledge and prosperity.

The keynote speeches followed after the ceremony.

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