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.