On the 11th June as part of the World Development Movement’s ‘ Africa: Exploitation and Resistance’ conference a panel will be taking place on the theme ‘Taking the biscuit: Is Fairtrade working?’. A description of the panel is below. The exact timing of this panel is not detailed on the WDM site.
Participation in the WDM conference is free, but registration is essential. You can register online at http://www.wdm.org.uk/africa-conference
Saturday 11th June
11am-6pm, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church,
New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DH
Panel: Taking the biscuit: Is Fairtrade working?
The retail value of Fairtrade products in 2010 was over £1 billion in the UK alone. Fairtrade has gone mainstream, but is it really making an impact on poverty? Looking beyond controversial decisions over certification for Nestlé products, this session will debate the Fairtrade model and whether it can deliver economic justice and sustainable development.
- Sophi Tranchell, managing director of Fairtrade chocolate company, Divine
- Deborah Doane, director of the World Development Movement
- Firoze Manji, editor in chief, Pambazuka News