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Trading Out of Poverty in Latin America

Sponsored by Nestle

Friday 17 November, 15:00 - 19:00

Venue: Council Chamber, Ground Floor, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies , Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR.

The Foreign Policy Centre and the Institute for the Study of the Americas would like to invite you to the following event:

Trading Out of Poverty in Latin America

Speakers:

Professor Janet Dine, Queen Mary, University of London

Professor Brigitte Granville, Queen Mary, University of London

Claire McGuigan, Christian Aid

Hilary W Parsons, Nestlé

Graham Symons, Department for International Development (DfID)

Chaired by: Diego Sanchez Ancochea, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London

Global fair trade sales have now reached $400 million annually and are projected to rise as the popularity of ethical trading gains increasing mass market appeal. Fair trade enterprise is estimated to return profits of between 25 to 30 percent to producers, improving the lives and livelihoods of those conventionally marginalised from global export markets. However, there are a number of challenges. Does growing competition within the sustainable trade sector compromise the values of alternative trade initiatives? Why do producers continue to channel the bulk of their produce through conventional markets? Why are so few small scale farmers participating in fair trade networks and should participation be extended to include plantation-based production in order to benefit poor farm workers? To explore how to constructively overcome the dilemmas facing fair trade and other ethical trade initiatives, designed to give farmers increased ownership of the goods they produce, the Foreign Policy Centre and the Institute for the Study of the Americas will host a forum to discuss whether fair trade can make a significant impact on poverty in Latin America while promoting ethical trading values.

Please RSVP to Andrew Russell, andrew.russell[at]fpc.org.uk or 0207 729 7566

This event is kindly supported by Nestlé

Download Seminar Report: Trading Out of Poverty in Latin America (150 kilobyte PDF)