Study on Fair Trade Producers in Palestine

CTM Altromercato, in collaboration with Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust (FRAME project), and with the support of an expert group of two people, has carried out an impact study on a Fair Trade organisation, PARC that is working in the occupied Palestinian Territories. The aim of the study was not only to estimate the impact in terms of labour conditions, economic growth, social development, but also in terms of food security due to the development of local markets, the possibility to cultivate crops for local consumption, the incidence of exportation on the whole agriculture production, and so on.

The results have been published in the form of a power point presentation.

“Living Library” will be challenging stereotypes!

“Living Library” invites everyone for a unique experience this Saturday, 19th June 2010, from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m. in Floriana, Argotti Gardens. This Human Rights Education event is organised on the occasion of the annual World Refugee Day and will be held as part of other activities, such as fun games, painting and face painting for the kids.

“Living Library” – what is that?

“Living Library” works as any other usual library. The Reader comes to the library and borrows a Book for a period of time. When the reading time is over, the Reader places the Book back in the Library and takes another one if he or she wants. The only different between “a library” and a “Living Library” is that in this activity Books are people, so Reading is a conversation.

World Fest 2010

On Sunday, May 16 from 10.00am to 10.00pm, the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta will be hosting hundreds of Fair Traded food items and crafts from Malta and small communities in Latin America, Asia and Africa, and a series of events celebrating Food Sovereignity at this year’s ninth edition of WorldFest. This Fair Trade Festival is organized by the volunteers of Koperattiva Kummerċ Ġust in collaboration with other organisations.

This year’s edition will include a traditional Ethiopian coffee ritual, a public forum in Maltese on food sovereignity, a stand by two Mexican workers and labour rights activists who have been invited to Malta to share their experiences, different activities for children and teenagers, a performance of forum theatre, and a concert featuring a young international female trio, traditional dabke dance and the up-and-coming Maltese band Plato’s Dream Machine. Entrance to all events will be free.

WorldFest will bring to an end KKĠ’s campaign on food sovereignty, Kieku l-Ikel Jitkellem, supported by the EU-funded project Enlarging Fair, which was launched on World Food Day, 2009, in cooperation with a host of other local and foreign organisations.

Other organisations, NGOs and cooperatives that will also have stands are Koperattiva Rurali Manikata, the Arabic Culture Information Society, Moviment Graffitti, The Gaia Foundation, Food First Malta, Friends of the Earth Malta, Greenhouse Malta, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, I Shop Fair Project, Home Economists in Action, and Ta’ Żeppi. These will provide local produce and information about different issues related to food. For the first time, Koperattiva Rurali Manikata will be selling carob syrup made with local carobs and Fair Trade sugar.

During the day there will be activities for children such as face painting. Between 11.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon and between 5.00 and 6.00 p.m. there will be interactive activities for teens. Two Mexican women, one working in a factory that produces mobile phones and the other working with CEREAL, a Mexican NGO dealing with human rights, will be present throughout the day to raise awareness about the harsh conditions that workers have to face in the supply chain of IT production.

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