Fair Trade and CED: What's the Link?

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The Canadian CED Network's International Committee held its fifth webinar session on Fair Trade and CED, December 13, 2011. 


Over the last 15 years, the fair trade market has grown exponentially. But in the context of continued globalization, is it actually changing economic systems and building sustainable livelihoods?  Through an evaluation of fair trade for rural women knitters in Bolivia to the promotion of Fair Trade in Manitoba, and a new initiative to create a Canadian Fair Trade coalition, this webinar examined the impacts of fair trade and its contribution to economic empowerment.  


  • Jean-Frédéric Lemay, President of JFL Consultants.  His areas of expertise include agriculture and food, sustainable development, social economy, community economic development and international cooperation. Fair Trade is a particular area of interest in both his research and his consulting. He has written extensively about power relationships between fair trade actors, the role of consumers and about the movement in Canada and globally.
  • Tamara Stenn, Keene State College, New Hampshire.  Tamara is a professor at Keene State College, New Hampshire where she teaches Fair Trade, Economics and Management, and spearheads the campus Fair trade project. She is a long time member of the Fair Trade Federation and created Fair Trade Towns and Universities with FairTrade USA. In addition to all of this, Tamara runs her own fair trade business that imports hand knit alpaca clothing from Bolivia.
  • Zach Gross, Manitoba Council for International Cooperation.  The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is a coalition of organizations involved in international development. It promotes public awareness of international issues, fosters member interaction, and administers funds for international development. Zach Gross has been part of the staff team at MCIC for 7 years. He also teaches and writes about international development.


The webinar was recorded. To watch and listen to the session, click here.
To download a pdf of the PowerPoint slides, click here



The Canadian CED Network’s International Committee webinar series is made possible in partnership with Uniterra