2011 AFRICA FAIRTRADE CONVENTION (AFC)
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’.
- The convention was officially opened by the
Ghanaian Trade Minister Hanna Tetteh, who
was a key note speaker.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Producer training workshops were hosted on
gender equity and media.
- 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
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
Great mix of producers and stakeholders. Two days appeared too short to get to know each other.Diana Banuro