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Fairtrade Africa
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South Africa
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West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa
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Fairtrade Africa is an organisation that is bringing together producer networks in Africa. The organisation works to support small producers and workers across the African continent with the mission of connecting disadvantaged producers and consumers. At the same time Fairtrade Africa aims to promote fairer trading conditions and empower producers to combat poverty, strengthen their position and take more control over their lives. Therefore our engagement within the Climate Change arena is from a rights-based perspective with a focus on the Fairtrade movement within and beyond Africa.

Our position is to create an enabling policy environment for Fairtrade producers to continue having a source of livelihood in the face of climate change. The current policy frameworks at a global level fail to provide all the technical and financial resources needed for producers to adapt to climate change. The same discourses and policies also fail to acknowledge the contribution that Fairtrade producers make towards mitigating climate change while strengthening the ability to increase their resilience and adapt more effectively. In that vein, Fairtrade Africa:
Supports the creation of an enabling environment that allows Fairtrade producers to adapt to Climate Change through appropriate funding mechanisms. We also support the creation of a platform for producers to be able to speak about the climate change challenges they are facing and input into the current climate change policy process.
Appreciates the concept of responsibility sharing and acknowledges that Fairtrade producers have a role to play in mitigation. In as such, we support Fairtrade producers reducing their carbon emissions through relevant requirements in the General Environmental Standards.

Recognising our strategic position within the climate change arena, we seek to actively advocate for and on behalf of the Fairtrade producers in Durban 2011. In light of this, Fairtrade Africa has developed a broad strategy of engagement

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PRESS RELEASE Fairtrade Africa : A fair climate deal for Fairtrade farmers

Cape Town, 2 November 2011 – The countdown to Durban has begun as Fairtrade farmers prepare to participate at COP17! Despite the devastating impacts climate change is having on their farms, the voice of Fairtrade farmers has not been heard within the climate change negotiations. A continued failure to do so will have drastic ripple effects across the developing world. In response, Fairtrade Africa has taken the lead in engaging the Fair Trade movement in the…


Posted on November 4, 2011 at 14:42


Farmers in Africa have been hard hit by the impacts of climate change. Over the years we have experienced erratic weather patterns that have dwindled our harvest. This is frightening because for us, farming is a source of livelihood that has been passed down from generations. My great grandfather ploughed this same piece of land and taught his son (my grandfather)  how plough. Farming for our community represents more than just a source of economic livelihood. It contributes towards the social… Continue

Posted on November 4, 2011 at 14:32

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At 9:17 on November 10, 2015, FRANK KWABENA said…

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on:( for the full details.

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Thanks God bless.

Mr Frank.


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