Fair Cooking Campaign – Report

Fair Cooking Campaign was conceptualized to promote and showcase the fine quality of the Fair Trade Certified Food Ingredients.  This campaign was designed to make consumers aware about the only food ingredients which will not only keep them healthy but also their conscience. The Fair Trade Certified Ingredients are free from exploitation and child Labour and are grown and harvested/cultured using eco-friendly practises.

The   Fair   Cooking   Campaign   was   supported by Fair Trade International  – India Chapter in two phases, one was at the venue of the Conference i.e., Hotel Crowne Plaza, Okhla during the entire conference and at Fair Cooking Night held on 10thNovember, 2017 at The Junction, Hauz Khas .Full Report


Fair Fashion Show – Style me Sustainable

Fair Fashion Show

Tagline: Style Me Sustainable

Date: 10th November 2017

Held at National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi

Fair Fashion   Show-   “Style   Me   Sustainable”   –   a   unique   event   showcasing   beautiful ensembles made from Fair/Natural fabrics & fibers, was showcased on 10th November as a part of  WFTW  2017  thereby  sending  out  a  strong  message  about  setting  trends    via    our traditional crafts.  The Show will focus on creating awareness about Slow/Fair /Sustainable Fashion    by   showcasing   trendy   ensembles  created   through   the fusion of sustainable fabrics, traditional techniques and modern designs.The Show was attended by the International Delegation and students of NIFT. The en devour was also to orient the budding designers towards Fair Fashion and how it treat people and planet fairly the show also endeavored to bring artisans to the forefront it was supported by Ministry of DoNER and Ministry of textile along with Go-coop. Embassies of Bulgaria, South Africa and Vietnam and their ambassador  show cased the support by walking the ramp and sporting Fair Trade apparels and accessories.

We would also like to thank and appreciate the efforts and  gestures of Exim Bank, NSDC, Taneira, NIFT Delhi, and Hand Crafted in India for making this show create success. Read More



14th WFTO Biennial Conference – Report

14th WFTO Biennial Conference – Report

The WFTO conference has grown in size. Over 300 participants from 60 countries came to debate and network at the largest biennial Fair Trade gathering in New Delhi, India, from 9 to 13 November 2017. It is a milestone because this is the goal – that of bringing more people to discuss issues and exchange ideas. The conference was attended by representatives from the Fair Trade supply chain, policy makers, and other professionals.

Over 25 topics under the theme ‘Fair Trade – a path to sustainable development’ were discussed and presented, including the improved WFTO Guarantee System, which is not only a Fair Trade compliance tool but also a development tool for sustainable development.

Conference participants rated the conference with a 4 out of 5 score, 5 being extremely useful to their work or business. Participants were happy and satisfied in areas, according to the overall result of the conference experience survey. The feedback we received will help us organise the next conference even better.

We are thankful to our co-organiser Fair Trade Forum India. Your help and support allowed us to run the whole event from start to finish with ease and efficiency.

The opening ceremony is always a notable part in every conference. The Delhi conference is no exception.

WFTO President Rudi Dalvai welcomed the participants and introduced the conference title ‘Fair Trade, a Path to Sustainable Development.’ In his welcome message, Rudi said that the WFTO Conference has become one of the most important international Fair Trade meetings where issues are debated and ideas exchanged. He said the title was chosen to reflect the current aims of Fair Trade, which are congruent with the
sustainable development goals (SDGs). He cited the daily themes as reflecting the important topics and conversation that fair traders should address, such as ‘Fair Trade Responses to a changing market environment’ and ‘Trading you way to sustainable development’ (Fair Trade as a tool for development).

Representing the conference host and co-organiser, Mallikarjuna Iytha welcomed guests and participants. The opportunity to host has allowed them to showcase Fair Trade in India and their contribution to the global growth of the movement.

This year’s edition is the 14th in the biennial series. Looking back at the humble beginnings, Kuppusamy Panchaksharam a.ka. Panchu of SIPA Fair Deal Trust showed a photo presentation of the previous WFTO conferences. He was proud to have never failed to attend all of them. For each slide, Panchu shared his personal recollections, which became warm and sentimental reflections highlighting the evolution of the WFTO biennial conferences.

The traditional opening ritual is the centrepiece of the whole programme. Representatives of WFTO and host organisation Fair Trade Forum India, together with keynote speakers took part in lighting an oil lamp, an Indian customary rite held before an important activity. It symbolises wisdom, knowledge and prosperity.

The keynote speeches followed after the ceremony.

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Arawali at Textile India 2017

Arawali at Textile India 2017

Arawali exports participated in the 1st Textile India Exhibition organised by Ministry of Textiles at Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat from 30th June to 2nd July. It was India’s first mega trade event in the sector with 15,000 participants from all over the world.

AIM opens its first store

AIM opens its first store

Art Illuminates Mankind has launched its first store under the banner of “Deshaj” at 32 Old Ballygange first Lane, Kolkata. This beautiful store also houses a cafe which serves organic delicacies prepared from the products produced by their producer groups. The team of AIM says that every purchase made at Deshaj will truly support and empower Artisans and Crafts sector. FTF-I Congratulates AIM and hopes they have succesful run ahead.