On 16 April 2008, CTA and other partners organised the fifth ‘Brussels Development Briefing’ – part of a series of discussion meetings on ACP-EU development issues. This briefing focused on the issues: ‘Does Fair Trade contribute to sustainable development?’.

New! on the subject of ‘Fair Trade’.

Background note


Key documents and organisations

Biodata of panelists and discussants

Video material

Video interviews

List of participants


Evaluation form


Hansjörg Neun, CTA

Objectives and Programme of the Briefing
Isolina Boto, CTA [presentation]

Introductory remarks
Liselotte Isaksson, DG Development, European Commission; Viwanou Gnassounou, ACP Secretariat

Panel 1: Can Fair Trade contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development?
This session will review the key issues of Fair Trade initiatives from a market access perspective, including social and environmental impacts. Discussions will also clarify the main issues involved in standards compliance and labeling schemes.

ChairLinda McAvan, Member of European Parliament and member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

– Anja Osterhaus, Fair Trade Advocacy Office, Brussels [executive summary|presentation]
– Dr Stephanie Barrientos, University of Manchester [executive summary|presentation]
– Natalie Berg, Grocery Research Manager, United Kingdom [executive summary|presentation]
– Gelkha Buitrago, Fairtrade Labelling Organizations (FLO), Germany [executive summary|presentation]
– Moctar Fall, Fair Trade producer, Director of Interface Trading, Senegal [executive summary]


Panel 2: Can Fair Trade better link ACP producers to northern consumers?
This panel will discuss public sector support for farmers engaging in FAIR TRADE production and public and private partnerships in support of sustainable Trade and consumer’s awareness.

ChairH.E. Ambassador Federico Alberto Cuello Camilo, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Brussels

– Samuel Poos, Fair Trade Centre, Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) [executive summary|presentation]
– Christopher Wunderlich, Sustainable Commodity Initiative, UNCTAD, IISD [executive summary|presentation]
– Mamadou Ouattara, Association of African cotton producers (AProCA), Mali [executive summary|presentation]

Audience reactions

For more information please contact Romano Purro (rp@euforic.org)

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