Oikocredit International Fair Trade Conference: final programme

Labels: do they help our Southern partners? Do they lead to a better income for our cocoa farmers?

14 March

  • 14:00: Boat trip through the International Sea Port of Ghent
  • 18:00: Dinner
  • 19:30: Public Conference in the Aula of the Province East-Flanders

19:30 - Welcome by Tine Heyse, Deputy Mayor of Ghent.

19:40 - The reality of cocoa producers

  • Video testimonials from cocoa producers in Ecuador and Dominican Republic.
  • 2 partners from Ivory Coast present themselves and reflect on the challenges of labels, sustainable cocoa and a living income for producers.

Solène Prince, from Oikocredit Office in Abidjan, will interview:

  • Djénéba Coulibaly, president of the cooperative Katana
  • Aminata Bamba, responsible for sustainable development at ECOOKIM (an association of 23 cooperatives)

20:45 - Presentation of different studies relating to certification and living income

21:00 - How can we strengthen producers in their fight for sustainable livelihood?

  • Bart Van Besien, Oxfam-Wereldwinkels
  • Johan Declercq, expert agricultural value chain  
  • Solène Prince, Oikocredit Regional Office West Africa 

21:40 - Concluding remarks by Thos Gieskes, managing director of Oikocredit International

21:50 - Closing by Leentje Grillaert, deputy Development Cooperation of the Province East-Flanders.

22:00 - Drink, videos and presentation of a new interactive tool 

 

15 March 

Academic Session on Fair Trade - UGent (University of Ghent) - Het Pand - Gent 

9:00 - Welcome by Africa Platform Ghent University and Mathias De Clercq, Mayor of Ghent

9:10 - Presentation of different studies on sustainable agriculture, certification and living income  

  • Johan Elsen, Oikocredit Belgium
  • Samuel Poos, coordinator of Trade for Development Centre
  • Charles Snoeck, Fairtrade Belgium
  • Michael Hinneh, Researcher UGent

10:00 - How can we strengthen producers in their fight for sustainable livelihood?

  • Djénéba Colibaly, president of the cooperative Katana
  • Aminata Bamba, responsible for sustainable development at ECOOKIM (an association of 23 cooperatives)
  • Friedel Huetz-Adams, SÜDWIND e.V.
  • Johan Declercq, expert agricultural value chain 

 10:45 - Fair Trade Coffee Break Break

 11:10 - Panel on the future of certification: “Beyond Certification or Certification and beyond »

  • Kawien Ziedses des Plantes, Oikocredit International,  moderates a panel discussion with
  • Prof. Dr. Patrick Van Damme, UGent
  • Ms. Solène Prince, Oikocredit Regional Office West Africa
  • Bart Van Besien, Oxfam-Wereldwinkels  

 12:00 - Concluding remarks by Thos Gieskes,, managing director of Oikocredit International