OFTC Talk 15th October 7pm – 9pm: Fair Trade in Palestine with Nawal Slemiah, Founder and Director of Women in Hebron Fair Trade Cooperative

October 3, 2018

Poster 15 Oct

Fair Trade in Palestine with Nawal Slemiah
Founder and Director of Women in Hebron Fair Trade Cooperative
Venue:  Simpkins Lee Theatre, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
Date:  Monday 15 October 2018
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 pm
Tickets on the door:  £5 / Students free
(All funds/donations will go to OFTC and Women of Hebron)
Refreshments available
http://www.facebook.com/OxfordFairTrade

In May 2018, Carol Wills and Elizabeth Laskar went on the first ever Fair Trade tour of Palestine, organised by the Holyland Handicrafts Cooperative Society and the University of Bethlehem Fair Trade Resource Centre, and met Nawal Slemiah at the Women in Hebron Cooperative.  They will speak about the journey they made.  Nawal will talk about the work the cooperative does to empower Palestinian women and keep Palestinian culture and traditional handicrafts alive.    There will be an opportunity to buy and order goods from Women of Hebron before and after the talk.  OFTC will be covering some of Nawal’s costs for her visit to Oxford – please donate generously.

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July 30, 2018

FT Conference 2018

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The First Fair Trade Tour of Palestine May 2018

July 26, 2018
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(Picture: Delegates were invited to wear the traditional dress of Palestine)

By Carol Wills

In early May 2018, Elizabeth Laskar and I joined the first ever Fair Trade Tour of Palestine, culminating in the celebration of World Fair Trade Day at the University of Bethlehem Fair Trade Resource Centre on Saturday 12 May.

We saw how Fair Trade enterprises support Palestinian traditional culture, preserve traditional crafts and provide thousands of farmers and other producers, many of them women working from home,  with a much needed income and with hope that a better life is possible.

Our tour took place in the West Bank (also known as the Occupied Territories) where Palestinian Fair Trade producers live and work in extremely difficult circumstances under a military occupation that has gone on for over 50 years.  Alongside our Fair Trade visits we heard many heart breaking stories of people who had lost loved ones and suffered injustices. On top of this, the economic situation is harsh and unemployment is high.

Nevertheless, we were made hugely welcome wherever we went, drinking little cups of mint tea and very strong black coffee and eating enormous quantities of local couscous, hummus and tomato, cucumber and mint salad.  Our tour started at Canaan Fair Trade which produces the olive oil sold by Zaytoun and where we enjoyed an olive oil tasting before touring the impressive facility.  It is a cooperative of more than 2000 olive farmers.

At the Palestinian Agricultural Research Centre in Jericho, a member of the WFTO, we saw how grapes are dried to produce Fair Trade sultanas and raisins and met a group of women rolling couscous by hand.  The Women of Hebron Cooperative Association produces fine, traditional embroidery and backstrap loom woven wool carpets.  Most women work from home but come to the Centre with their work, to attend meetings, take part in decision-making and have the chance to gossip.   Men work at the Hebron glass and ceramic factory nearby, where Traidcraft places orders.

In Jerusalem we visited Sunbula Fair Trade, also a WFTO member, working to bring fresh designs and colour to traditional embroidery  and providing an income to several thousand women.  Sunbula means “spike of wheat” in Arabic (i.e. the flower that makes bread) and Sunbula’s mission is  to provide its producers with the gift of a more dignified life.

Finally we reached Bethlehem and the Holyland Handicraft Cooperative  Society where we saw some fine olive wood carving in their magnificent shop by the Field where the shepherds watched their flocks by night not far from the appalling wall where Banksy has his Walled Off Hotel.

On World Fair Trade Day we donned traditional Palestinian dress to celebrate at the University.

We came home convinced that if Palestinians are going to have any chance of a sustainable future at all, we must tell their stories and buy their products.


Join us! Don’t Ditch Fairtrade demonstration Saturday 28th October 1pm – 1.30pm

October 25, 2017

JOIN THE OXFORD FAIR TRADE COALITION
What?    Don’t Ditch Fairtrade demonstration
Where?  Outside Sainsbury’s, opposite Town Hall, St. Aldate’s, Oxford
When?  1.00 – 1.30 pm Saturday 28 October 2017
Why?   Sainsbury’s is dropping Fairtrade certification in favour of its own in-house scheme.  They are starting with tea.  Other products are expected to follow.  Let’s protest.   Bring your own placards or banners


Nicaraguan Coffee Producer Talk in Oxford 9th March 2017

February 10, 2017
two           The Oxford Leon Link and the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition
invite you to attend
a talk by Santiago Dolmus, of Cecocafen cooperative in Nicaragua
on the impact of climate change on coffee farmers and the continuing importance of Fairtrade.   
The talk will be held at 
7.30pm on Thursday 9 March at Oxford Town Hall 
and will be in Spanish with English translation.
Cecocafen  (Central Association of Northern Coffee Cooperatives)  is an umbrella co-operative in the Matagalpa region of Nicaragua with 2,600 members organised into 12 community based credit and service co-operatives.
  In the UK their Fairtrade coffee is sold through Cafedirect

Zaytoun awarded Global Trader of the Year 2016

March 19, 2016

ZAYTOUN WINS GLOBAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING WORK WITH PALESTINIAN OLIVE FARMERS

We offer our congratulations to Zaytoun, producer of delicious fairtrade products, which has been awarded Global Trader 2016 by Fairtrade International . Manal Ramadan stated: “Fairtrade has transformed the lives of over 2,500 olive farming families, guaranteeing them the sale of their entire crop at a fair price. Our challenge now is to grow the demand for the olive oil to enable thousands more families to join the movement and reap the benefits of this sustainable ethical trade model.” There is an article on the Fairtrade Foundation website with more information.

Local Oxford fair trade shops (Fairtrade at St.Michaels and The Windmill) sell a wide range of Zaytoun products including olive oil, dates, almonds cous cous, za’atar and smoked freekah.

Zaytoun


New! Launch of Organisation Guarantee Label

February 17, 2016

The Official Launch of the World Fair Trade Organisation Guarantee Label took place on 13th February at the “Ambiente” Trade Fair in Frankfurt. 

“The WFTO Label – the first international label that guarantees Fair Trade Organisations operating in any part of the supply chain, from producers to retailers – has been unveiled. With this unique Fair Trade label, consumers will be able to identify products in the international marketplace that meet high economic, social and environmental sustainability criteria. Fair Trade Organisations are fully committed to sustainable production and trade.”

For more information go to http://wfto.com

Visit your local fair trade shops to buy products from WFTO Organisation Guarantee artisans:

Fairtrade at St. Michaels http://www.fairtradeatstmichaels.co.uk

The Windmill http://www.headingtonfairtrade.org.uk