The 2nd Africa Fairtrade Convention (AFC) was successfully held in Accra, Ghana, from the 22nd-26th of November 2011. The AFC was attended by participants from all over the world, who discussed a range of issues to improve livelihoods of African farmers. The theme adopted for the 2011 event was: ‘Effective trade partnerships for sustainable livelihoods in Africa’.

2011 Highlights

  1. The convention was officially opened by the
    Ghanaian Trade Minister Hanna Tetteh, who
    was a key note speaker.
  2. Topics discussed at the Fairtrade Africa Forum
    included market access, climate change and
    financing. Alastair Child, Cocoa Sustainability
    Director at Mars Chocolate; Dr. Thomas Duve,
    Director Africa Regional Programmes at KfW
    Development Bank; and Emmanuel Arthur,
    Executive Director of Kuapa Kokoo Farmers
    Union, were among the key speakers.
  3. For the first time a Fairtrade and Organic Expo
    was set up where producers could meet traders
    or other (potential) partners. In total over 40
    organisations exhibited.
  4. Fairtrade Africa arranged visits to Fairtrade
    farms and plantations near Accra. Attendees
    were able to visit these sites and get firsthand
    experience on producers’ day-to-day operations.
  5. Producer training workshops were hosted on
    gender equity and media.
  6. The AFC also provided a great opportunity to
    network & build contacts between participants.

AFC 2011 provided us with an opportunity to share knowledge on different agricultural and trade issues. It was an excellent platform to introduce our organisation and products to new partners and to deepen relations with existing ones.

Nimrod Wambette

Producer - Uganda, Gutumindo Coffee Cooperative

The REFAMADA stand was very popular since we were the only sector to exhibit vanilla. Due to high demand, the vanilla bean samples were quickly exhausted. Many booth visitors promised to come to Madagascar to meet with cocoa, vanilla and litchi Fairtrade producers.

Noviasy Tafara Florian

Madagascar Coordinator (producer), REFAMADA

Great mix of producers and stakeholders. Two days appeared too short to get to know each other.

Diana Banuro

Alterfin (microfinance institution)