Fair Trade Forum 2007

From Tanzania to Kenya, from Dominican Republic to Ecuador, fair trade represents for millions of small farmers the only viable opportunity to provide a sustainable and long-term future for their families. It is an ethical form of trade where profit is concentrated in the farmers' hands, organic farming is encouraged and consumers are provided a direct opportunity to make a difference. The Office of the President of the University of Calgary, Centre for Public Interest Accounting, Students' Union, International Centre and Development Studies Club are pleased to sponsor a public forum on "Fair Trade: From production to final markets, a producers' perspective" to examine the progress, priorities and challenges of fair trade producers and their ability to promote human development.Questions include

  • How is fair trade a tool for development and why is it important for millions of people?
  • What challenges and opportunities do producers face in the Global South?
  • How does fair trade compete in a unequal and free-market driven world?
  • How can fair trade maintain its core social and economic values while reaching more communities?

This forum brings together universities, involved organizations, students and the public in general to examine and debate the future of fair trade in Canada and the world. Thursday, November 22, 2007 | 9am to 5pm Great Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of CalgaryTo register: Sylvia Fuchek, sylvia.fuchek [at] haskayne [dot] ucalgary [dot] ca 403-220-3812RSVP by November 15, 2007Free event and lunch | Please bring your own mugSpeakers include:

  1. Dean Neu, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
  2. Ana María Peredo, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  3. Claudia Quintanilla, The Single Mothers Cooperative of El Salvador
  4. Jesse Greener, Canadian Federation of Students, Ontario
  5. Sharron Bates, Director of the award winning film: "Strong Coffee."
  6. Abel Fernandez, National Confederation of Dominican Cocoa Producers, Dominican Republic
  7. Leocadio Juracán, Farmer's Committee of Altiplano, Guatemala
  8. Gavin Fridell, Trent University, Ontario — Author of "Fair Trade Coffee: The Prospects and Pitfalls of Market-Driven Social Justice."

For more information: http://www.ucalgary.ca/cpia/web/fair_trade_2007.html