Pan African Climate Change Hearings

EMG and Oxfam jointly hosted the Pan African Climate Change Hearings in Cape Town in October 2009.

The object was not to verify climate change or to make direct links, but rather to illustrate the lives of those directly dependent on a stable and predictable climate... and show how we are all ultimately dependent on each other  –  even if we feel relatively insulated because of our wealth or house in the city.

Amongst the testimonies:

Sarah Niemand  –  artisanal fisher, Buffeljagsbaai, Cape south coast

Ernest Titus  –  artisanal fisher, Lamberts bay , Cape west coast

Sidney le Fleur  –  small-scale organic honeybush farmer, Kranskop, Southern Cape

Ragel Hesselman  –  small-scale organic rooibos tea farmer, Nieuwoudtville, Northern Cape

Beatrice –  Food gardener, Carolusberg, Northern Cape

Bulelani Kave –  community activist, Atlantis, Western Cape

Ernest Titus (Lambert's Bay) and Sarah Niemand (Buffeljagsbaai), both artisanal fishers and community leaders at the Pan African Climate Change Hearings in Cape Town in October 2009

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