The growth of fair trade in South Africa over the last few years has been exponential. There are currently over 50 agricultural entities producing fruit, wine, tea and other goods for the international fair trade market. The small-scale farmers and farm-workers producing these goods are the direct beneficiaries of the system.

But there is more to fair trade than just money, and in practice, small-farmers and farm-workers are weakly represented in fair trade's governance structures. In 2005 a small group of South African fair trade beneficiaries decided to establish the Association for Fairness in Trade (AFIT), an exclusive network to represent their interests.

Why AFIT?

To provide a platform for members to share knowledge, and unify their voice

To lobby for better representation of small-farmers and farm-workers interests in the fair trade system and fair trade governance

To build capacity the develop the skills needed to maximise the developmental benefits of the fair trade stystem

To provide mutual solidarity and support

 

Membership of AFIT is open to any small-farmer organisation or farm-worker organisation producing for, or planning to produce for the fair trade market. While most members are from farms with FLO accreditation, this is not a requirement.

Learn more about AFITs aims and objectives and download a copy of the AFIT Constitution 

Members are invited to regular training and capacity-building events, and are encouraged to participate in developing statements and positions regarding the fair trade system's operations and governence. Members also assist one another in establishing sustainable and beneficial social projects funded by fair trade premiums; and work to ensure that fair trade certified farms live up to their public committment of good labour practices, fair wages and transformation in the agricultural sector.

The AFIT Committee is made up of a representative mix of small-scale farmers and farm-workers, men and women, and geographic location. The Commitee is elected at the annual AGM. The current Chair is Sidney Le Fleur from the Ericaville Farmers Trust.

Comic Relief UK funds the bulk of AFIT's activities

For more information, contact:

Denile Samuels (AFIT Co-ordinator) Tel: 021 448 2881; Fax: 021 448 2922

Sidney le Fleur (AFIT Chair) Tel: 076 243 4113 or 082 226 9467

Climate Change - Resources

This easy-to-read, 4-page "beginners guide" to climate change. Climate Change and Global Warming (2011) by Heidee Swanby & Stephen Law, EMG, will tell you all you need to know.
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Want more? Download these Six Facts about climate change... then move on to A brief guide to Global Warming (2007) by Jessica Wilson & Stephen Law (published by Robinson, London). We have no more copies in stock, but it is available from Amazon and Goodreads in hard copy and e-book format.

EMG is part of the consortium responsible for planning, writing and launching this fantastic resource for anyone involved in community-based adaptation work. Participatory Adaptation Handbook : A practitioner's guide for facilitating people centred adaptation to climate change (3.1MB PDF) , and a set of facilitation cards Experiental Learning for Adaptation  (945KB). Alternatively contact us for a hard-copy (R100) while stocks last.

EMG has worked alongside small-scale rooibos farmers of the Suid-Bokkeveld for many years. Download this summary of our work and approach entitled Adaptation with a human face: Lessons learned from an ongoing adaptation and learning process (2012) by Noel Oettle, EMG (380KB) or contact us for a copy of the full report.

Into history? Download this 2-pager summary of the most important scientific and political milestones in the debate.... The Science and Politics of Climate Change - A summary timeline Stephen Law and Jessica Wilson 

These thoughs on how climate change may impact food security, were first presented to a Public Forum 2010 hosted by AIDC

This report was commissioned by Both ENDS, The Netherlands. The title says it all. The social and environmental consequences of coal mining in South Africa: A case study (2010) Victor Munnik et.al., EMG