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Cotton value chain integration is possible only through collaboration among equal partners, says L Kannan

ProClimate Challenge award ceremony was organised at Kaphri village to give the award to Chetna Organic Farmers Association on behalf of Progreso Network, an organisation based out of The Netherlands. The award was received by Shri Kusum Rao, President, COFA in presence of about 200 cotton farmers of this area. A prize amount of Rs. 2500 USD and a certifcate was issued to COFA.


State authorities hide actual number of deaths
Andhra Pradesh is witnessing yet another spate of farm suicides. Delayed rainfall, prolonged dry spells, subsequent crop failures and unfriendly government policies have forced many farmers to kill themselves.


From Fair Trade Forum India
Stakeholders of Fair Trade Cotton Supply Chain Development project - FTF-I, CTM Altromercato Italy, Chetna Organic, IIRD and KRUSHI met at Yavatmal for a one-day concluding seminar on organic cotton cultivation.


My association with Chetna Organic Farmers Association (COFA) is since April 2009. Chetna Organic is working towards empowering small and marginal farmers in the rain-fed regions of India through sustainble organic practices. I am responsible for Organic and Fairtrade Certification related work and also help in designing monitoring tools.
For me Fairtrade is an attempt of offering better trading conditions thereby securing the rights of marginalized producers and workers. It helps the entire business chain ( starting  from producer to consumer ) to understand the importance of ethical responsibility  in the  core business setup in order to preserve principle of  equality at all the levels of business. Chetna Organic is in the fair trade business since 2006. Initially Chetna was registered under Contract Farming under FLO Cert but since 2009 we are registered as Small Producer Organisation.

As part of the campaign activities, a Fairtrade producer will visit Renfrew Town Hall to talk to Fairtrade supporters. Mrunal Lahankar, from the Chetna Organic Farmers Association (COFA), India, will be telling groups about how Fairtrade benefits the community and plays a vital role in reducing poverty and creating sustainable development.


Mrunal has been associated with Chetna Organic Farmers Association (COFA) for nearly 3 years and is responsible for work related to Organic and Fairtrade Certification. She also helps in designing monitoring tools.
Please join us on 11 March to hear more about Mrunal’s work and the role of Fairtrade and sustainable organic practices in empowering small and marginal farmers.


During this free event, which is open to all, members of the public fortified with a glass or two of fair trade wine, will taste all the desserts and decide which one is their favourite.
The tasting will be followed by an award ceremony presented by Samatha Valluri from the CHETNA group in India. The three desserts with the most votes will be receiving a luxury hamper with prizes sponsored by Galway’s retails outlets.

During Fairtrade Fortnight 2012, Sigfredo Benitez, from the Cooperativa Los Pinos coffee coop, in El Salvador; and Samatha Valluri from the CHETNA group in India, who work with small scale cotton farmers will visit many of the Fairtrade Towns groups around Ireland.

Indigenous knowledge and farming practices of the region's tribal people recognised for promoting food security and conserving biodiversity.


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