Sharing experiences of Fairtrade: Lamis and Bassema

Fairtrade Fortnight Speakers’ Tour

27 February 2017, London and the South East

Between 27 February and 3 March 2017, Think Global is organising a ‘social and solidarity economy’ speaker tour around London and the South East, to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight 2017.

We are delighted to be hosting two visiting producers from Zaytoun, a community interest company which finds a market place for Palestinian produce in the UK, and Veena Nabar, a researcher based in India who has made a short film about co-operatives and coconut growing in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Speaker profiles

Bassema Barahmeh (above, left) is a producer from Anza women’s cooperative, part of the Palestine Fair Trade Association. She joined the co-operative two years ago, and is a Fairtrade organic certified olive farmer. Bassema works with other women in the co-operative to produce maftoul (a large-grain couscous), almonds and za’atar (a spice blend), and is proud of their social and economic role:

“As a Palestinian woman, I transfer these traditions to the next generation of women in order to preserve Palestinian culture and connect them with their heritage, and also to offer them the chance to be future leaders in the community”.

Lamis Zamzam (above, right) works in marketing at Canaan Fair Trade. CFT supports farmers in Palestine by buying all the output of the Palestine Fair Trade Association, and testing, packaging, and exporting it to Zaytoun. For Lamis, it is a fulfilling job:

“It gives me the opportunity to contribute to my community through supporting Palestinian farmers to reach global markets. At the same time I can bring the world to them by welcoming visiting tourists and delegations on tours of the local villages and groves”.

Veena NabarVeena Nabar (right) is a professional economist in India, and has considerable experience in co-operative policy and planning. As part of the Susy project, Veena made a best practice case study film about coconut production in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and the contribution of co-operatives to post-tsunami reconstruction. She says:

“I am a strong believer in the power of joint action through co-operatives… I am happy that I have been able to work with co-ops and that I have in my own small way helped bring about change in co-operative enabling laws to provide a healthy and level playing field”.

This Speakers’ tour is part of our three-year SUSY project which promotes the role of the Social and Solidarity Economy in creating sustainable livelihoods and meeting local, as well as global, needs. We have an exciting week of activities planned, our including visits to schools, universities, and engaging with local social enterprises, see our schedule below!

Speaker Tour Schedule:

Monday 27th February

  • Visit to Colchester High School for Girls
  • Public evening event at Think Global – ‘Sharing experiences of Fairtrade’, 6 – 8pm: sign up via Eventbrite

Tuesday 28th February

  • Visits to Woodside High School, London and Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden
  • Evening event with Zaytoun, Central Street Cookery School, London

Wednesday 1st March

  • Brighton event with local social enterprises, The Platform

Thursday 2nd March

  • Visit to Growhampton’s Fairtrade Fortnight market day, University of Roehampton
  • Public evening event at Brighthelm Centre, Brighton – ‘Fair Trade Under Fire’, 6.30 – 9.30pm: sign up via Eventbrite

27 February 2017 12:00am - 03 March 2017 12:00am

London and the South East