Over the last decade, Fairtrade sales increased dramatically, reaching €2.89bn globally by the end of 2008. In line with this growth there is increasing demand to demonstrate the difference that engagement with Fairtrade is having for participating producers and workers, their families and their communities.
NRI welcomes the major new report from the UK Government Foresight Programme The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and Choices for a Sustainable Future.
Ministerial Conference on Higher Education in Agriculture in Africa and Memorandum of Understanding with RUFORUM
The University of Greenwich was strongly represented at the Ministerial Conference on Higher Education in Agriculture in Africa which was held in Kampala, Uganda on 15-19 November. The Conference was hosted by the Government of Uganda and organised by Makerere University supported by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). The aim of the Conference was to highlight the measures that are needed to develop human capacity in the agriculture sector in order to contribute more effectively to growth and development in Africa. The University's Vice-Chancellor, Baroness Tessa Blackstone, made a presentation in which she emphasised the important contribution that international partnerships make to capacity building and referred to several initiatives in which NRI is involved. She also drew attention to the urgent need to provide greater support for womens' education, particularly in view of the fact that the majority of farmers in Africa are women.