For Immediate Release:
November 3, 2016
Erika A. Inwald, (347) 589-3398
RELEASE: Registration Opens for 2016 National Domestic Fair Trade Conference: Fair Trade and Racial Justice in Our Agricultural System
Brooklyn, NY – On December 9-11, 2016, the Domestic Fair Trade Association (DFTA) is hosting the National Domestic Fair Trade Conference: Fair Trade and Racial Justice in Our Agricultural System in Portland, Oregon.
The first day of the conference will include tours highlighting domestic fair trade businesses and organizations in the Portland metro area. The second day of the conference will include an inspiring keynote speech, 10 educational panels and workshops, and ample opportunities for networking. In the evening, we will host a party to commemorate the winner of our 1st Annual Domestic Fair Trade Award, Familias Unidas por la Justicia. The third day of the conference is only open to members of the DFTA.
On Thursday, December 8th, Peter Hurst will lead a day-long pre-conference workshop entitled Decent Work in Agriculture and the Global Food Chain: An International Framework. Peter is a long-term consultant for the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
In an effort to connect stakeholders throughout the agricultural supply chain, the Domestic Fair Trade Association has hosted an annual meeting every year since the birth of the organization. National Coordinator of the DFTA, Erika A. Inwald, says, “this year, we are taking our annual meeting to the next level.”
This upcoming conference helps farmers, farmworkers, retailers, processors, distributors, manufacturers, advocates, and activists to find and share concrete solutions to improving our agricultural production system.
Conference keynote speaker, Blain Snipstal, says “as a small-scale ecological farmer and member of several farm organizations throughout the south, I’m looking forward to building relationships and alliances with the DFTA and its members. The DFTA and it’s conference give us, the progressive agrarian forces, the chance to further debate, dialogue, and construct pathways to bring the future we all know is needed, closer into reality.”
For more information about the conference, please explore our website here. To register please visit our conference registration page.
The Domestic Fair Trade Association is a non-profit membership-based organization with 31 members spanning five stakeholder groups along the food chain—farmers, farmworkers, retailers, intermediaries (manufacturers, processors, and distributors), and NGOs. The mission of the DFTA is to promote, educate, and advocate for an agricultural production system that meets the sixteen domestic fair trade principles identified by diverse stakeholders throughout the agricultural supply chain.