A Fair Trade awareness program was organized at Lucknow on 23rd May 2012 by Fair Trade Forum – India in partnership Grace Foundation and Kalatmak Handicrafts. It was the last among a series of Fair Trade promotional events, formally inaugurated on 12th May, World Fair Trade Day 2012. The program was organised under ProSustain project supported by the European Union. Representatives from Fair Trade organizations, students, academicians, development workers and representatives from various government departments participated in the program.
Mr.S.C.Mittal, Secretary, FTF-I in his address, appreciated the participation of students in the event. He urged the students to take the movement forward. While referring to the efforts of Fair Trade organizations to give the right price to artisans and farmers, he emphasized the need to study the ten standards of Fair Trade to understand the objectives for the movement.
The program began with the experience sharing by representatives of Fair Trade organizations - Viswajeet Sarkar, SEWA-Lucknow, Bibekanand Roy, Grameen Crafts, Mansoor Lari, Kalatamak Handicrafts, Vijaya Rai, Unnayanan Sansthan and Julias Kumar, Noah's Ark.
Mr O.P. Yadav- Director Programmes, Fair Trade Forum – India and Mr. Ashish Chakravorty- Director, Grace Foundation – Lucknow facilitated the sessions. Mr. Yadav also elaborated the standards of WFTO and explained the present activities of the movement.
The program was instrumental in developing basic understanding among the participating students from Department of Social Engineering, University of Lucknow, Baba Sahib Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BSBAU) and Indian Institute of Planning Management (IIPM).
Among the other dignitaries, who attended the event, Professor R.K. Pathak, former Director, Horticulture, Government of Uttar Pradesh invited the attention of Fair Trade fraternity towards bio-farming and control of pollution. Taking the example of mineral water, he said that the time is not far where every once has to pay for fresh air too.
Dr. S.P. Singh, retired scientist from the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), urged that Fair Trade shall help the farmers to explore market for natural products.
Dr. D.R. Sahu, Head of department of Social Engineering, University of Lucknow emphasized the need of promoting Fair Trade values in the society towards resisting unfair practices which is badly affecting various spheres of life.