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A number of international speakers are set to show how co-operatives build a better world through Fairtrade at Co-operatives United next month.

A number of international speakers are set to show how co-operatives build a better world through Fairtrade at Co-operatives United next month.

The International Co-operative Alliance’s culmination event for the International Year, with co-hosts the Co-operative Group and Co-operatives UK, will focus on how co-operatives help farmers in developing countries be a part of the Fairtade system.

The Friday ‘Co-operating for a Fairer World’ conference, which forms part of a series of conferences, workshops and fringe events, in Manchester from October 29th-November 2nd, will hear from campaigners including Paul Chandler, CEO, Traidcraft; Kate Jones. Head of Product Development and Farms, The Co-operative Food; and Phil Bloomer, Director of Campaigns and Policy, Oxfam GB.

The session will be lead by Co-operative Banking Group Chair, Paul Flowers, who also chairs the Global Development Co-operative — an initiative designed to support co-operative businesses in developing countries by raising $50 million to provide access to low cost loans for capital and infrastructure projects.

Other international speakers include Paul Hazen, Executive Director, U.S. Overseas Co-operative Development Council (USA) and Tom Morton, Director, ClimateCare (Kenya).

A number of Fairtrade farmers from Africa and Latin America will also be sharing their stories and samples of their products in the producer zone at the ICAEXPO, which is the ICA’s trade exhibition bringing together 50 co-operatives from 35 countries.
 

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