Farm workers can now learn more about how they fit into the farming system, how the economy works, and the role of trade in the economy, through direct access to a free online training manual.


The manual was developed for the Association for Fairness in Trade (AFIT) by the Cape Town-based civil society organisation, the Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG), as part of their ongoing work to offer training and skills development for small scale farmers and farm workers.


‘Over the past five years, EMG has been working with AFIT to run training programmes to build farm labourers’ understanding of how the economics of the agricultural sector work, and where they fit into it,’ explains EMG Fair Trade Project Manager Mandy Moussouris.


After refining the training materials, Moussouris says the manual is now available online and can be used freely for non-profit purposes.


‘We think that it would be useful for activists and civil society organisations wanting to achieve similar goals within the farm worker sector.’

EMG is the secretariat for AFIT. 


Similar training materials are also available for small scale farmers.


Download your free copy of the AFIT Regional Farm Workers Workshop manual here (ENGLISH or AFRIKAANS). If you would like to find out more about the small scale farmer training materials, contact Mandy Moussouris on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 021 448 2881.



Fair Trade - Resources

Farm worker training manual (1.2MB) This manual was developed as part of our ongoing work to offer training and skills development for small scale farmers and farm workers. This training manual covers issues of the how the economy works, the role of trade in the economy... and will help farm workers get a better understanding of how that fit into the wider agricultural economy. Ook in Afrikaans beskikbaar

A Practical Guide to Fair Trade Premium Projects for Small Farmers and Joint Bodies is a joint publication (together with Fair Trade South Africa and the City of Cape Town). It is aimed at FLO certified small-farmers and farm-worker Joint Bodies, and explores the processes and rules around managing and spending FLO premium funds. It is written in a simple, eary-to-read style and gives a large number of real life examples.

Ook in Afrikaans beskikbaar!

A beginners guide to alternative trade and fair trade in South Africa (104KB PDF) is a combined English/Afrikaans version. The booklet provides an overview of the basic issues relating to fair trade in South Africa.

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