Climate change & Pemaculture

PRESS RELEASE: Permaculture & Climate Change – Information Evening

The Forum for Global Issues (FGI) in collaboration with Koperattiva Kummerc Gust shall be organizing an informative evening about the impact of climate change on agriculture and a discussion on whether agricultural practices such as permaculture offer a sustainable alternative to agriculture.

The informative sessions will be held at Bahrija Oasis, the Permaculture Research Foundation in Bahrija on Friday 19th July at 7pm. The first part of the activity will focus on an onsite demonstration of permaculture practices taken in Bahrija Oasis. This will be followed by a discussion about the impacts of climate change on agriculture. Drinks and finger food will be served afterwards.

FGI shall be providing free transport from Valletta for the event at 5.30pm. However anyone who is interested in making use of this service should kindly contact Lucie Semanska by email or phone79443768.

This activity is funded by the EUPA 1.2 Youth Initiative Programme Carbon as part of the ‘Carbon Diet’ Project.


Fair Trade as a norm

I Shop Fair: Fairtrade Fast Becoming the Norm?

According to two reports by Fairtrade International ( the number of Fairtrade certified goods is still still on the increase and there are no signs of it slowing down. Indeed from 2010 to 2011 there was a 10% increase in number of total fairtrade producer organizations worldwide and 13 % increase in number of total farmers and workers involved in fairtrade. The reports being cited in this article are:

1. Monitoring Report 2012, available on:; and

2. Let’s make Fairtrade the norm, available on:

Fairtrade brings many benefits to peope in developing countries. In the first report it was argued that “one of the ways in which Fairtrade contributes most strongly to rural development is by giving farmers and workers a unique opportunity to plan, design, and implement development projects for their communities through participatory decision-making processes“. However in order for fairtrade to become the norm more important person need to become involved in fair trade other that the producer, which of course is you, the consumer.

WorldFest 2013

Live music, activities for children, forum about food sovereignty food and drinks from Palestine, Eritrea and Sudan, 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 25th May between 10.00 am and 10.30 pm at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta.



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