Sustainable fibres in Fair Trade Crafts
Lecture about Fair Trade crafts importance for environmental sustainability and livelihood. Stories and photos presenting the artisans and their use of natural fibres (mountain grass, palm leaf, sedges, sisal) for the manufacture of hats and bags. Listeners also have the opportunity during the lecture to see and feel the handcrafted products.
Handicrafts is of great importance within the Fair Trade movement:
It was with handicraft the movement started more than 60 years ago.
Craft has continued to be important for basic Fair Trade principles
- fighting poverty
- gender equality
- environmental care
Climate change is an important issue of justice: The poorest countries are the ones that have contributed the least to the ongoing climate change, but they are the worst hit by its consequences. The artisans the lecture is about are living on Madagascar. Madagascar is one of Africa's poorest countries. Self-sufficiency farming with additional income from the Fair Trade crafts turns out as increasingly important to ensure ecologically sustainable livelihoods.
Lecturer: Mona Bengtsson, Bs Economist with 30 years of experience working with international economics and development. Worked in La Maison Afrique FAIR TRADE since its start in 1995. Annually periods of work in Madagascar. Active involvement in the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) since 2002, a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization-Europe, board member 2007-2010.
The lecture: approx 45min + questions and discussion for 15-30 minutes.