Fair Trade Face-to-Face

Courtney Lang April 14, 2010


Next Monday, April 19th, a unique and exciting event is making its way to our office in Oakland, CA, and you’re invited to attend from the comfort of your home or office! We will host five coffee producers from Africa and Latin America for a live a live USTREAM broadcast. They will talk about how Fair Trade has improved their businesses, their communities and their lives. Some of the farmers attending the event include; Athanasio Masenha (KNCU, Tanzania, Marketing Director and Acting General Manager), Gilbert Gatali (Rwashoscco, Rwanda, General Manager) and Tsegaye Anebo (Sidamo Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, Ethiopia, General Manager).

In order to make this event available to Fair Trade lovers around the world, Fair Trade Towns USA will provide a live video broadcast of the Q&A, which is available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/fair-trade-face-to-face. Simply click on this link at 4:30pm PST/7:30pm EST to listen to these farmers from around the world talk about their experience with Fair Trade.

If you or anyone you know has a question for these farmers, please submit them to us by Friday (4/16) at 4pm. To post a question, you may:

1.) Post as a comment to this blog

2.) Tweet your question with #FTF2F in the post

Please note that we will not be accepting questions during the live broadcast, so please remember to submit them by Friday.

This is a unique opportunity for the Fair Trade community, and one that we are sure you won’t want to miss. So submit your questions, and get online next Monday, April 19, for an exciting chance to meet the people behind Fair Trade.

WHO: Five Fair Trade coffee producers from Africa and Latin America

What: A Live Q&A session with the farmers

When: Monday April 19, 2010. 4:30 pm PST/7:30pm PST

Where: Live from Oakland, available online at USTREAM (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/fair-trade-face-to-face)

Why: For a chance to see the real life impact of Fair Trade on the lives of coffee farmers around the world

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Courtney Lang, National Organizer | Fair Trade Campaigns

Courtney Lang brings over 5 years of community organizing to Fair Trade Towns USA, building both the Local Food and Fair Trade networks in Vermont. As Local Food Coordinator with City Market/Onion River Cooperative, Courtney worked with local producers, institutions and consumers to grow the local food system and organize a strategic model for community engagement through farm tours, workshops, and local food challenges. Like many in the Fair Trade industry, Courtney was inspired to take action in Fair Trade when she witnessed child-labor first hand in Costa Rica. As a founding member of Fair Trade Burlington, she has worked with economic development organizations, businesses, and consumers to build awareness of Fair Trade among Vermonters. She also worked with a Fair Trade USA licensee, Vermont Coffee Company, as Friend Ambassador where she united the story of Fair Trade to every purchase of coffee.