The network of Fairtrade Producers in Southern African is the regional arm of Fairtrade Africa (FTA-SAN). Fairtrade Africa is an independent nonprofit umbrella organisation representing about 270 Fairtrade certified producers in 20 African countries. FTA-SAN is registered as an NPO with the department of social welfare in South Africa. It is governed by a board with members from the SADC region.
Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. It is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, which seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalised producers and workers - especially in the South. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future.
Climate change has become a grave concern worldwide. It effects are being felt more so by natural resource dependent communities in the south. Fairtrade producers from part of this group of natural resource dependent communities with some losing up to 28% of their harvests due to weather variations.
While climate change is debated by political actors in spaces such as the UNFCC Conferences of the Parties (COPs), those at the grassroots battle to adapt and their voice is seldom heard in such high profile events. Fairtrade farmers started to engage in advocacy activities but more needs to be done. Expanding such engagement requires amongst other things, advocacy skills to enable more farmers to be heard. It is with this in mind that FTA-SAN will be rolling out a series of capacity building workshops in South Africa.
FTA-SA has received a grant to build advocacy skills of Fairtrade producers in South Africa through a workshop in Tzaneen, Limpopo Province. In this way they may be able to adequately engage policy makers within the climate change arena.
FTA-SAN is hosting a one-day capacity building workshop for Fairtrade producers in South Africa on 22 May 2012 in Limpopo. Accommodation, food and transport to Limpopo will be provided.
The aim of this workshop is to build advocacy skills of Fairtrade producers in South Africa so they can adequately engage policy makers within the climate change arena.
Fairtrade Southern Africa seeks to recruit a Facilitator to work with a group of farmers in Limpopo on issues of climate change advocacy.
- Design and conduct one capacity building workshop on advocacy with Fairtrade farmers;
- Produce an advocacy booklet that Fairtrade farmers can keep after the workshop and share with others;
- Conduct an action planning process on how Fairtrade producers will use newly acquired advocacy skills.
Remuneration: R1 500 - R2 000 per day depending on Facilitator’s experience.
To apply, send your application to Fairtrade Climatechange at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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