The Fairtrade Africa Forum held between 29th and 30th November 2010 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, was the inaugural edition for what is now termed the Africa Fairtrade Convention (AFC). Themed Sustainable Livelihoods in Africa- The Role of Fair Trade, this Forum was a call to members of the Fair Trade movement, policy makers, development partners, campaigners, and producers to work towards improved livelihoods in Africa.
It was noted that improved livelihoods would require solving threats to climate change, improving access to markets, enhancing access to capital, technical support, capacity and relevant technology. In line with this, some of the topics discussed include the following:
- Sustainable Livelihoods- the Opportunity for Fairtrade
- Climate Change- Fairtrade’s Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies
- Increasing Access to Finance-New Innovations
- Fairtrade Markets in Africa- The cease of Fairtrade Labelling Initiatives in South Africa and Kenya
- Improving Producer Capacity to Trade
- Calls to Action
Some of the non-Fairtrade organisations represented include Root Capital, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Solidaridad, Kilimo Trust, DezignInc, Shared Interest Society, Voluntary Service Overseas, New Partnership for Africa’s Development, and Social Business Network among others.