Scottish Fair Trade Campaigner Conference, International Fair Trade Towns Conference, RST T-shirt Competition and MORE!
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Scottish Fair Trade Campaigner Conference - Keynote Speaker

 
We are excited to announce that Kenny Ewan, CEO of WeFarm, will be the Keynote Speaker at the Scottish Fair Trade Campaigner Conference on the 5th September in Stirling. 

WeFarm is an initiative that grew out of the 
Cafédirect Producers' Foundation, a charity that works with smallholder tea, coffee and cocoa farmers and their organisations. Access to relevant, useful information is one of the biggest challenges facing the 500 million smallholder farmers around the world and WeFarm aims to change that with ‘The internet for people with no internet’ – their amazing mobile phone based social enterprise.

WeFarm won a Google Impact challenge in 2014 which gave them the funds to start up as a standalone organisation and has expanded rapidly since. Kenny will tell us all about how WeFarm works and how it makes a difference for smallholder farmers, as well as how you can get involved here in the UK! To find out more about WeFarm visit their website or our news article here.
 
At the Conference we will also have a number of workshops and talks around the themes of smallholder farmers and helping Fairtrade Towns Groups develop - see below for further information!

Report from the International Fair Trade Towns Conference in Bristol


As Bristol is celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary as a Fairtrade City and is also European Green Capital this year, the conference focussed on ‘being green and fair’. Keynote speakers Harriet Lamb of Fairtrade International and Fatima Ismael of Soppexcca Co-operative Nicaragua stressed the importance of Fair Trade and how it links to sustainable development. As a result of its commitment to investing in the producers’ communities, Fair Trade helps educate young people and farmers about the causes and effects of climate change. Furthermore, over half of Fairtrade producers are also organic certified.
 
Greg Valerio, a Fair Trade jewellery pioneer, went on to address the issue of the use of mercury in the production of gold and the effects on people’s health. He highlighted the need to ‘drive the aspirational flow of values’ in order to make Fair Trade the norm. Hazel Culley of Marks and Spencer addressed the commitment of the multinational retailer’s food section to Fair Trade, and Linda McAvan MEP talked about strengthening Fair Trade on an EU level.
 
The afternoon was filled with workshops on various topics, such as ‘Fair Trade Procurement’, ‘Sustainable Food’, ‘Fair Trade in the Classroom’ and ‘Regional Networking’, to name a few.
 
The second day of the conference was dedicated to the International Fair Trade Towns movement. With 1,703 Fair Trade Towns in 26 countries, the movement has spread considerably since the declaration of Garstang as the first Fair Trade Town in 2000.

With campaigners from 21 countries joining the conference at the Science Centre in Bristol, the event was a great opportunity to share ideas and get inspired. Many thanks to Bristol Fairtrade for planning and organising such a fantastic conference!

Winner of RST 
T-Shirt Competition

The Refugee Survival Trust T-Shirt Competition, which was supported by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, ended with the judges meeting on 30th June 2015 in Edinburgh.

In order to determine a winner out of 44 entries, the judges paid attention in particular as to how well the designs reflect the theme of 'supporting refugee survival'. 

The winning design by Nicole Russell, which is shown above, was chosen because it was 'simple yet striking and reflected the ethos of the charity'.

The winner will receive Fair Trade treats (including a T-shirt printed with her design) and the six runner-up designs will be printed as RST postcards.

You can see all the designs here.

Save the Date!



 
The Scottish Fair Trade Campaigner Conference will take place on 5th September 2015 at the Golden Lion Hotel in Stirling.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet other Fair Trade campaigners from around Scotland, to share ideas and to learn what other groups and organisations are doing! There will be a number of workshops, talks and breakout sessions around the themes of smallholder farmers and helping Fairtrade Towns Groups develop - we will open registration soon so keep an eye out!

The Conference will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting for members. We will be electing a number of Board members at the meeting and welcome interest from members to stand. Just get in touch if you have any queries about standing for election. Note, you need to be a member in order to stand to be on the Board.
Do you have any Fair Trade events coming up and would like us to publicise them on our website and social media?  We are happy to advertise events that we are involved in as well as events that other groups and organisations have arranged.
All you need to do is fill in the form on our website or email us at info@sftf.org.uk.

NIDOS is the network in Scotland that unites the international development sector to promote effectiveness and collectively influence the policy agenda.

NIDOS is seeking to recruit a Chief Executive to lead the organisation in its strategic development. You can find more information here.


 
Jubilee Scotland's Make Poverty History sketches are now available. 

The charity campaigns for the cancellation of unjust and unpayable debts which are ruining the world’s poorest countries.

Half of all proceeds will support Jubilee Scotland's campaigns for debt justice. See the sketches here.
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