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Book your place for the 4th FTIS in Liverpool, 2-4 April 2012
Written by Juan Manuel MORA REY   
Monday, 20 February 2012

ftis_logo.jpg“There is a whole movement who has built over a period of more than 50 years Fair Trade, the mothers and fathers of Fair Trade. We see us also as the guardians, to keep Fair Trade principles high. Now with the big players getting involved it’s our responsibility to monitor and work on the Fair Trade guarantees and this is why we will be at the Fair Trade International Symposium and Geo Fair Trade conference this April” Rudi Dalvai, president WFTO

The 4th in the series of International Fair Trade symposiums will be held at Liverpool Hope Business School from the 2nd to the 4th of April 2012. The event will be held in conjunction with the GEO FairTrade Final Conference, will bring together researchers, Fair Trade practitioners, and all those who are interested in, and who wish to share their opinion and experience about Fair Trade.

The objectives of the symposium are to present the most recent studies associated with Fair Trade, to share information about on-going and coming research projects, and to confront important questions about the future of the movement. Specifically, the main question to be explored will be: how can Fair Trade concretely connect producers and consumers, as well as other stakeholders, along fair and sustainable supply chains? As part of this theme, a recent and promising example of such connectivity is the GeoFairTrade project, which will be presented as a core element of the symposium.

The overall event will feature plenary sessions, parallel sessions, poster sessions and roundtables with practitioners. The main language of the symposium will be English. Limited translation will be provided for the plenary sessions, and a small number of workshops will take place in French and in Spanish.

About the Fair Trade International Symposium series and GeoFairTrade project

The first Fair Trade International Symposium was held in Montreal in 2002. After another event there in 2006, the Symposium moved to Europe and Montpellier in 2008. These events gathered interested parties from all across the world to showcase the latest and best quality research undertaken in the area of "fair trade".

The aim of the symposiums is to bring together the world’s leading and newly emerging academic researchers, with practitioners, policy makers and the general public, for the development and consolidation of collective knowledge on the subject of "fair trade".

For Christophe Roturier, COO of Max Havelaar France, “[we are] looking forward to this event which will be an opportunity not only for the worlds academics who work in Fair Trade to exchange ideas but also for those ideas to be double checked by the producers themselves.
The GeoFairTrade final conference is an achievement for Max Havelaar France and all the other partners participating; it will be a chance to present, among other results, the great work on fair trade indicators that has been done during the 3 years of the project.”

GeoFairTrade has been a European Union funded project which uses geo-localisation to trace products from to their origin to bring producers and consumers closer and to reinforce the latter’s motivation for purchasing.

Remember to book your place: http://www.fairtradeinternationalsymposium.org/ftis-2012/book-a-place