Thursday, September 22, 2016

We Are Recruiting: Field Officer

JOB TITLE: Field Officer
DEPARTMENT / GROUP: Fair Trade Lebanon






1-    Activities
a-    Choose the activities to offer to beneficiaries.
b-    Plan and organize the activities (set the dates, time and location).
c-    Follow up on the events.
d-    Build information on cooperatives’ participation, satisfaction and outcomes.

2-    Trainings
a-    Identify needs for trainings.
b-    Organize the sessions with the trainers.
c-    Evaluate the training sessions.

3-    Assist in identifying or developing  new products to be marketed in the Fairtrade channels.
4-    Meet regularly with other officers to exchange information.
5-    Provide timely reports to the direct supervisor.
6-    Perform any other task requested by the direct supervisor.
7-    Field Officers are expected to spend 80% of their time on the field and 20% in office.


  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience in Development related field.
  • Experience in designing & facilitating training programs, participatory programs.
  • Strong documentation, research and report writing skills.
  • Willingness to travel to multiple field sites within Lebanon.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational and team working skills.
If interested in applying please email our head of HR, Mrs. Maya Masri:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Fair Trade Lebanon : 10 years of commitment

For over 10 years now, Fair Trade Lebanon has been passionately committed to supporting and empowering local Lebanese producers located in the most disadvantaged areas of the country.

We have proven that Fair Trade was indeed a powerful tool to lift people out of poverty and allow them to find a place in the international trading system.
From 4 employees in 2006 to 30 proud team members in 2016. From 6 shy food-processing cooperatives to 32 well-trained, reinforced production units and a total of 850 direct beneficiaries.
We have come a long way in this amazing journey…here are some highlights of our achievements.

Thank you all for being part of this honorable adventure. 

Depuis plus de 10 ans maintenant, Fair Trade Lebanon s’est passionnément engagé à soutenir et renforcer les producteurs libanais situés dans les zones les plus défavorisées du pays.
Nous avons prouvé que le commerce équitable était en effet un outil puissant pour sortir les gens de la pauvreté et leur permettre de se forger une place dans le système commercial international.
FTL est passé de 4 employés en 2006 à 30 membres fiers de faire partie de l’équipe en 2016, de 6 timides coopératives de transformation alimentaire à 32 unités de production bien formées et renforcées avec un total de 850 bénéficiaires directs.
Nous avons parcouru un long chemin dans ce merveilleux parcours...voici quelques faits marquants de nos exploits.

Merci à vous tous d'avoir participé à cette honorable aventure.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

10 reasons to join us at the International Fair Trade Towns Conference 2016 in Baskinta, Lebanon

Still wondering whether or not you should register and book your flight to attend the 10th International Fair Trade Towns Conference (IFTTC) held next month in Lebanon?

To help you decide we listed down for you 10 amazing reasons why you should attend the IFTTC 2016 happening on July 2-3 in Baskinta; Well, there are far too many reasons to convince you but we only picked the best top 10!
  1. It is the first International Fair Trade Towns Conference held in a producer country of the global South; this event is definitely worth encouraging and being proud of.
  2. You will get a chance to meet Fair Trade Towns representatives from more than 17 countries (UK, Belgium, Japan, India, Poland, Germany, Kenya, Brazil, Peru, Canada, USA, Italy, Spain...).
  3. You will take part in discussions led by speakers from countries of the global South and hear perspectives from the producers’ point of view.
  4. You will get to know the Lebanese culture through rural dinners, traditional dances and many more surprises.
  5. You will fall in love with the famous and delicious Lebanese culinary heritage (Kebbe, Mankoushe, Moutabal, Hummus, Tabboule...the list is endless!).
  6. You will discover and walk around the mesmerizing streets of the Lebanese inter-religious capital, Beirut.
  7. You will visit the different Fair Trade Towns in Lebanon and meet the people involved in the Fair Trade Towns campaigns in Lebanon.
  8. You will see how Fair Trade can truly be a tool to build and reinforce bridges between different communities. Much needed in these difficult times!
  9. You will discover more about the growing Fair Trade movement in the Middle East…a powerful movement which emerged since more than a decade.
  10. Last but not least, you will meet new people from different cultures and backgrounds and get to spend some time with the wonderful and welcoming team of  Fair Trade Lebanon!
For registration, conference program and extra packages, please check this link:
Recommended deadline for end of registrations: June 15th 2016.
For more assistance and help, please email:
Miss Lory Bouchakdjian (
M. Benoit Berger

For local Lebanese attendees, Fair Trade supporters, university students, please call us (+961 5 952153) or email us  (same addresses as above) to ask about customized fees and packages.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

We are hosting the 2016 International Fair Trade Towns Conference in Lebanon!

Did you know that the 2016 International Fair Trade Towns Conference will be hosted next month in Lebanon?

For all international attendees, you may reserve your tickets here:

For local attendees, please call us on +961 5 952 153 for packages & logistics.
This conference is organized by Fair Trade Lebanon and supported by DROSOS Foundation.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Join us to celebrate World Fair Trade Day 2016!

For the occasion of World Fair Trade Day and its 10 years of commitment, Fair Trade Lebanon is organizing, under the patronage of HE M. Michel Pharaon, minister of tourism, and with the support of the US Middle-East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a unique day to discover authentic rural delights and traditions at St Georges’ convent in Roumiyeh, Qleyat, on the 5th of June from 12 PM until 5 PM.

The program of the day includes a traditional open buffet made by cooperatives and Sofil Catering, live preparation of mouneh, hiking and many other activities for all the family.

This awareness raising day for the principles of Fair Trade is part of a worldwide campaign coordinated by Fairtrade International and relayed by fair trade actors from more than 80 countries.

Reserve your places by calling 05 952 153, come many and don’t forget your walking shoes!

Tickets are on sale at the entrance of the event and at the premises of Fair Trade Lebanon (Hourani Center, St Elie Street, 2nd floor, Hazmieh, Beirut).

Tickets prices:
50 USD per adult (buffet and drinks).
20 USD per youngster under 18 years (buffet and drinks).
Free entrance for kids under 8 years.

Event organized by: Fair Trade Lebanon, member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
Under the patronage of: HE M. Michel Pharaon, minister of tourism.
Supported by: US Middle-East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).
Partners: CIRDIC, Atayeb Al Rif Cooperative and Sofil Catering.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Fair Trade Lebanon au Marché Solidaire De Printemps

Fair Trade Lebanon sera présent à la 4ème édition du Marché Solidaire De Printemps organisé par l’Institut Français du Liban du 18 au 21 mai 2016.

Du 18 au 20 mai: 10h à 20h.
Samedi 21 mai: 10h à 16h.

On vous y attend nombreux!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FTL celebrating the Lebanese Week at Carrefour

The Lebanese Week, organized by Carrefour supermarket, is all about the promotion of local and traditional products.
In addition to selling its whole range of products at Carrefour, Terroirs du Liban, a brand by Fair Trade Lebanon, is proud to announce its participation at the “Lebanese Week” taking place from April 29th to May 9th at Carrefour with a special program throughout the period.
Our partner cooperative from Qanah, Southern Lebanon, will be present at the event to prepare and sell a large selection of daily delicious saj; some of the featured saj fillings are: Wild Zaatar, Goat Keshek, Goat Labneh, Bakleh with tomato and the exceptional Middle-Eastern hot sauce “Shatta”, a must-try!
Our participation at the event is supported by the US Middle-East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), under the SOFAIR project, which aims to support local and rural economy by accompanying 14 women's cooperatives and 8 small food-processing units. The place of women within these communities is strengthened thanks to the promotion of their involvement in the creation of added value.

Dates: From April 29th until May 9th.
Location: Carrefour – City Center, Beirut.
For more information, please call us on: +961 5 952153.

See you there!

Friday, April 15, 2016

10 Fun & Easy Easter Crafts To Do With Your Kids!

Candy Envelope Bunnies

A fun way to say "Happy Easter" is with paper-envelope rabbits, bearing treats, of course! Use pompoms for the nose, thick paper to create the envelope and ears and fill it with goodies your kids love!
By: Martha Stewart

Colorful Paper Grass

How about using some "green" grass in kids' Easter baskets this year? Use shredded multi-colored paper and curl them with scissors to fill and decorate the inside of your Easter eggs basket.
By: Martha Stewart

Colorful Easter Egg Cup Stands

Go wild with colorful and patterned paper: cut them, roll them and stick them together using superglue or staples to create trendy Easter eggs cup stands. Last touch: draw faces on the eggs using a simple black and red markers. 
By: Indesignartsandcrafts

No-Dye Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

Use stickers and markers for a fun and creative way to decorate your Easter eggs. No artificial dyes here!
By: Pinterest.


Easter Bunny and Chick Fingerprint Craft

Make the cutest paintings using just your child's thumbprint, a stamp pad and a marker. Your little one is sure to love this sweet and easy craft, ideal for personalizing an Easter card or just a fun poster to hang in the room this season!

Bunnies & Chicks Decorated Plant Pots
Start by painting the plant pots, wait until dry, then paint their cheeks with a different color, wait again until dry. Stick crafty eyes and decorate their mustache, feathers...
By: Pinterest.

Pastel Easter Bunny Giveaways

Decorate small mason jars by adding bunny ears on their lids and drawing eyes and nose with a marker on the front side; fill them with candy as a gift giveaway for kids.
By: Pinterest.

Fuzzy Bunny Paper Plate 

This is a cute, fuzzy bunny craft your kids will just adore. You'll need cotton balls, a paper plate and a few other supplies to create this little bunny face, which makes a precious decoration for a door or the fridge this Easter.
By: All kids network.

Easter Egg Mustache Men
Googly eyes and some colorful paper mustaches cut from colored paper from the craft bin make it easy to create a half-dozen Easter egg mustache men who look a little bit like a barbershop quartet ready to serenade the table.
By: Coolmompicks.

Bunny Paper Bags 

Make these easy and quick-craft bunny bags as favors for children: fill them with treats, small gifts or anything fun! All you need is white lunch bags, thick paper, tape and scissors!
By: Goodhousekeeping.

Spend time with your kids doing these easy and fun Easter crafts and let them bring out all the creativity in them! Enjoy and happy Orthodox Easter to all!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Get To Know Baskinta: The Lebanese Town Hosting the IFTTC 2016

Baskinta, a Lebanese village situated in the Metn area, provides a combination of cultural, sport and religious tourism. The town of Baskinta will be hosting the upcoming International Fair Trade Towns Conference taking place in Lebanon on July 2nd & 3rd, 2016.

Baskinta was an inspiration to many literary pieces written by renowned authors, like Mikhail Naimy, who resided there. It also has its own literary trail which allows visitors to walk through the inspirational places writers have walked through and wrote about. It is also coveted for its beautiful nature that suits both winter and summer tourism, with snow in the winter and fun in sun summer activities.
In terms of agriculture, it is most famous for its delicious apples and cherries and has a food-processing cooperative that provides all traditional Lebanese products, especially jams.
Learn more about Baskinta.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"Lebanese Fair Trade Towns" Project

‘Lebanese Fair Trade Towns’ is a project aiming at creating 10 Lebanese Fair Trade towns as a means to integrate villages in the global fair trade network.

Here are the 7 activities which are necessary to achieve in order to become a ‘ Fair Trade Town’:
1- The municipality signs a declaration of agreement to supporting Fair Trade and achieving Fair Trade Town status.
2- Increase the awareness & knowledge about Fair Trade in the community with the eventual aim of increasing the sales of fair trade and local produce in the community.
3- Encourage local businesses, institutions and producers to work in compliance with ethical fair trade criteria.
4- Organize an annual event with the theme of fair trade in the town, to which media will be invited.
5- Form a Fair Trade committee in the town.
6- Support local producers & help them to integrate into the fair trade network in Lebanon & elsewhere.
7- Work on the respect and protection of the environment and the tangible and intangible heritage.
The project is implemented by Fair Trade Lebanon and Mouvement Social. It is funded by the European Union and and managed by OMSAR (The Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform) in the framework of the AFKAR III program.
*Disclaimer: The contents of this page are the sole responsibility of Fair Trade Lebanon and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union and the Office of Minister of state for Administrative Reform*.