Article: Upcoming Event

Written by Cafe Campesino on Apr 6, 2010 in Article, NEWSLETTER |

Fair Trade Futures Conference

(Note: Early registration deadline for the FTF Conference has been extended to April 18th so there’s still time to register AND save money)

One of our Peruvian trading partners, CEPICAFE, is a featured speaker at the upcoming Fair Trade Futures conference that will bring together entrepreneurs, students, activists, and Fair Trade supporters from around the world Sept. 10-12, in Boston.

Santiago Paz, founder of CEPICAFE, the coffee, cocoa, fruit, and sugar cane-producing cooperative in northeast Peru that is one of Café Campesino’s trading partners, is scheduled to speak at the conference that brings together trading partners and organizations such as Catholic Relief Services, Equal Exchange, Green America, Oxfam, Ten Thousand Villages and of, course, Café Campesino and Cooperative Coffees to collaborate on some of the most pressing issues in the Fair Trade movement. It is also an opportunity to plan for the future.

“We have tremendous power to transform our global community and hope that the conference will help people understand how to best harness that energy,” said Carmen K. Iezzi, the executive director of Fair Trade Federation that is helping to organize the conference. Ms. Iezzi also noted that she was “delighted” the conference would “bring together the different parts of the Fair Trade Community.

In addition to Mr. Paz, other scheduled conference speakers include Kevin Danaher, co-founder and public education director of Global Exchange, a San Francisco-based non-profit and advocacy group and Safia Minney, founder of People Tree, a Fair Trade and environmental fashion label.

Panels of other expert speakers during the conference will address the following topics: “Is Certification Compatible with Fair Trade?”; “Value vs. Volume: Different Theories of Change in Fair Trade”; “Does Fair Trade Deliver on its Promise?”; and “What is the Future of Fair Trade?”

Learn more about conference speakers, schedules, and how to register online at

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