There is jubilation this month as farm workers with the Association for Fairness in Trade (AFIT) consider the potential benefits of the amended terms of use for the fair-trade premiums, where 20 percent can now be taken in cash or kind. 

Bennet Malungane from Mabunda Farm writes in February’s AFIT newsletter that this is the culmination of a suggestion raised at the Ethiopia meeting last year. 

‘Rise ’n shine for the better future of African farm workers,’ he writes. 

Another highlight in the letter is the fact that AFIT management committee member Abraham Oerson was able to offer training at last year’s Spring School, hosted in Cape Town by the Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG), after he completed a ‘train the trainer’ course in 2013. This kind of farm worker development is critical to addressing the challenges faced by this over-exploited labour sector. 

Read about this and more in the February issue of the AFIT newsletter, which you can download here.  

 

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.

The Association for Fairness in Trade (AFIT) produces a regular Newsletter