For the third consecutive year, the NGO Fair Trade Lebanon (FTL) commemorates the World Rural Women’s Day. This day is celebrated worldwide on October 15th to recognize the great effort and dedication of rural women in our societies, while stressing on the importance of their activities within the agricultural sector, vital to our economy.
On this occasion, and under the theme “Women at the heart of Fair Trade: Exchanges and Cooperation”, FTL invited all its partners, more than 15 food processing cooperatives on Saturday October 15th 2011 at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Zahle and the Bekaa, in order to meet, exchange experiences and build a cooperation model based on the principles of fair trade.
In fact, since its creation in 2006, Fair Trade Lebanon works to promote Fair Trade, an alternative trading model that aims to help small producers by providing them with sales opportunities and offering them a fair price for their products. Moreover, in 2010, FTL has become member of the world fair trade organization (WFTO), and has hence given a global dimension to the cause of Lebanese producers.
The program of the day began at 9:30 AM by a word of welcome. It was be followed by a presentation on Fair Trade and its fundamental principles, as well as testimonies from women producers. Fair Trade Lebanon has also announced the project of establishing a platform for agricultural cooperatives as members of the international fair trade network represented in Lebanon by FTL.