Volunteers Wanted for Artisan Summer Camp in Italy

In July Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust is participating in a summer camp project organized by the municipality of Caulonia, which is situated in the Reggio Calabria region of Italy. The summer camp will involve Maltese and Italian volunteers who will be working with African immigrants that have settled in the municipality of Caulonia.

The activities will take place between the July 25th and August 9th. During these two weeks, participants will be actively involved in various activities aimed at promoting artistic and cultural awareness, especially those of the participants involved.

WorldFest 2011 – Fair Trade and the Arab World

Live music, theater and poetry, two public forums, activities for children, food and drinks from Palestine, Eritrea and Somalia, and Fair Trade products from Africa, Latin America and Asia will take centre stage in this year’s edition of the annual fair trade festival WorldFest on Sunday 15th May between 10.00 am and 10.00 pm at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta. In light of the recent developments in the Arab countries, this year’s WorldFest will give particular attention to the recent pro-democracy uprisings in the region.

The first public forum will take place at 4.00 pm, and will focus on Fair Trade, both in general terms and specifically in relation to its impact in Palestine and Egypt. The forum will be chaired by Dr. David Friggieri, who is a lecturer in EU Law at the University of Malta. The speakers will be Ms. Angele Deguara, Mr. Caruana and Ms. Mahira Sheik. Ms. Angele Deguara is a sociologist and the author of Life on the Line, a sociological investigation of the working conditions of women in a clothing factory in Malta, Mr. Vince Caruana is a lecturer in Environmental Education at the University of Malta, and Ms. Mahira Sheik is a research and project manager for Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust.

The second forum will take place between 5.30 and 7.00 pm, and will focus on issues such as human rights, democracy, social and gender inequalities, and the economic repercussions of the unrest in the Arab countries. This forum will also be chaired by Dr. David Friggieri, and the speakers will be Mr. James Debono, Mr. Walid Nabhan, Ms. Sanaa El-Nahhal, Ms. Bianca Zammit, and Mr. Ranier Fsadni. Mr. James Debono works as a journalist for MaltaToday, Mr. Walid Nabhan teaches Arabic part-time at the University of Malta and is the author of several articles about Human Rights violations in the Middle East, Ms. Sanaa El-Nahhal is the founder of the Arabic Culture Information Society and has recently visited Libya on a humanitarian mission, Ms. Bianca Zammit is a Maltese activist working with the International Solidarity Movement, and Mr. Ranier Fsadni is a lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Malta with research interests in the contemporary Arab world, Islam, and Identity politics.

Visiting Lidl

Source Fair Food International

In February, Fairfood International visited Europe’s biggest discount supermarket chain, with over 7200 stores worldwide: Lidl. Despite all the groundwork that went into securing our initial meeting with Lidl last summer, the information we received from them on their approach to sustainability was unsubstantial at best. Furthermore, in the most recent meeting we had with them in February it seemed like Lidl is not a transparent company. When asked on their approach to sustainability in the supply chain of their 1600 home brand products, they stated that they do enough. However, working together with implementation partners, e.g. FLO (Fairtrade Labelling Organisation) with about 10 certified products out of an assortment of 1600 products seems to be the only visible commitment so far.

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