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November 2016 Newsletter Video Blog Summary

November 2016 Newsletter Video Blog Summary

FAIRTRADE NOVEMBER

 November Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This November I finally managed to meet with Heather Masoud and the team at Zaytoun.

I had an instrumental and life changing meeting to discuss fairtrade with the Muslim Council of Britain, attended a debate organised by the Brent Fairtrade Network about the future of fairtrade.

Produced bean to bar chocolate with Bruce Crowther MBE in Garstang and enjoyed a beautiful Emirati lunch with Mr Andy Biggs Chief Operating Officer at Traidcraft and his wife at the wonderful Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.

 

The Zaytoun ladies visit to Zaytoun London, UK, by The Little Fair Trade Shop November 2016

 The Zaytoun team and Me!

 

ZAYTOUN

Before my meeting with the Muslim Council of Britain I finally met with Heather Masoud and the Zaytoun team.

Heather Masoud, Co Founder and Director at Zaytoun London visit by Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop Dubai, November 2016

 Heather Masoud Co Founder and Director of Zaytoun and ME!

 

Zaytoun products at Zaytoun Head Office London visit by Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop Dubai, November 2016

 Zaytoun Products at the Head Office in London

 

 

FAIRTRADE AND

THE MUSLIM COUNCIL OF BRITAIN

 

Many thanks to Dr Jamil Sherif (Senior Advisor), Mrs Nasima Begum (Media Officer), Mr Harun Rashid Khan (General Secretary),
Ms Ayesha Tarunum and Ms Maaria (MCB Administration Team for organising and taking time out of their busy schedules to speak with me and Mr Alistair Menzies (Commericial Director at Traidcraft) Thursday 10th November 2016.

Sabeena Ahmed The Little Fair Trade Shop and meeting with the Muslim Council of Britain November 2016

The Muslim Council of Britain Signage and Fairtrade products

 

Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop and Alistair Menzies Traidcraft meeting with Dr Jamil Sherif and Mrs Nasima Begum at The Muslim Council of Britain, London 10th November 2016

L-R: Dr Jamil Sherif, Me and Alistair Menzies

 

Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop with Alistair Menzies Traidcraft meeting with Dr Jamil Sherif and Mrs Nasima Begum at The Muslim Council of Britain 10th November 2016

Me with Alistair Menzies

 

It was a positive meeting and Dr Jamil Sherif stated that he would discuss fairtrade with other members of the MCB board and said it would be beneficial for fairtrade producers and products to be promoted at the Muslim Council of Britain's ''Visit My Mosque'' event scheduled 5th February 2017.

Many thanks to Alistair Menzies for taking the time to travel all the way from Gateshead to attend this instrumental meeting and Heather Masoud and Manal at Zaytoun for the Zaytoun gift bags.

Since the meeting I have corresponded with Mr Hassan Joudi organiser and coordinator of the Visit My Mosque event where it is anticipated that over 80 mosques from across the United Kingdom are expected to participate.

I also sent emails to inform Adam Gardner Campaigns and Community Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, Christina Longden Project Manager at The Lorna Young Foundation, Rita Verity Owner at Sonia's Smiles and Heather Masoud Co-Founder and Director at Zaytoun about the event in February.

I hope the Visit My Mosque initiative will be the first of many and envisage that it will assist to raise the profile of fairtrade producers and artisans amongst Muslim consumers, mosque committees, educational institutes and businesses.

 

DEBATE: DOES FAIRTRADE HAVE A FUTURE ?

 

Debate Does Fairtrade have a future? London, UK 17th November 2016 attended by The Little Fair Trade Shop

L-R Barbara Crowther, Stuart Singleton-White, Vidya Rangan and Anne Cooper

 

During my visit to London I attended a debate organised by Brent Fairtrade to discuss the future of fairtrade.

Date: Thursday 17th November 2016

Venue: The St Martin's Church, Mortimer Road, London, NW10 5SN 

Time: 7pm-9pm

Speakers

Anne Cooper, Oxfam

Barbara Crowther, Fairtrade Foundation

Stuart Singleton-White, Rainforest Alliance

Vidya Rangan, ISEAL: Global Movement of Sustainability Standards

Questions

* Is the Fairtrade model still a good one?

* Why not a Fairtrade label of manufactured goods?

* Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade: are the two labels needed?

* Why do we need the Fairtrade Sourcing Programme?

* Workers' wages and rights raised by the critical SOAS report in 2014 ''Fairtrade, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia and Uganda.''

* What is the future of ethical certification?

* How should Fairtrade respond to the proliferation of schemes?

 

 

 

Two hours flew by and it was interesting to learn from Stuart Singleton-White how the Rainforest Alliances work in collaboration with fairtrade certifications.

I had never heard of ISEAL and Vidya Rangan was a passionate speaker. It was also refreshing to learn from Anne Cooper about OXFAM's campaign to empower women and girls around the world.

Many thanks to Chair Peter Moore of the Brent Fairtrade Network and his team for organising this important discussion.

I indulged in a little fairtrade retail therapy too!

Fairtrade Stall at the Fairtrade Debate London November 2016

 Beautiful fairtrade gifts at the fairtrade debate

 

 

BRUCE CROWTHER MBE, THE FIG TREE AND

BEAN TO BAR CHOCOLATE

 

Director of The FIG TREE Bruce Crowther and Me (The Lilfairtrade Shop) in Garstang November 2016

Director of The FIG TREE Bruce Crowther and ME!

 

After 5 long years I returned to Garstang to meet with fairtrade campaigner, educator and Director of The worlds first fairtrade centre and café THE FIG TREE Bruce Crowther MBE.

It was a wonderful opportunity to visit The FIG TREE's new location at the Lancaster Priory and learn how to make bean to bar dark and milk chocolate.

Director of The FIG TREE Bruce Crowther MBE at the Lancaster Priory November 2016

Bruce Crowther MBE at The Lancaster Priory

 

My visit to The FIG TREE at the Lancaster Priory November 2016

Entrance to the Lancaster Priory

 

Lancaster Priory Fairtrade church certificate awarded by Harriet Lamb ex Chief Executive of the Fairtrade Foundation

Lancaster Priory Fairtrade Church Certificate

 

Fairtrade gifts at The FIG TREE the Lancaster Priory, Lancaster, UK visited November 2016

Fairtrade gifts at The FIG TREE, Lancaster Priory, Lancaster, UK

 

Video here...

 

BEAN TO BAR CHOCOLATE

Bean to bar chocolate ethical, fairtrade, sustainable grown by Fredrick in Ghana produced by Sabeena Ahmed and Bruce Crowther MBE

Grown by Fredrick in Ghana and produced by Me and

Bruce Crowther MBE

 

I had always wanted to learn how to make bean to bar chocolate and finally tried to learn all the different elements during a master class with Bruce Crowther.

It was hard work but well worth the effort.

 

The Fig Tree Bean To Bar Chocolate Poster produced by Bruce Crowhter MBE, The FIG TREE, Garstang, UK

The Fig Tree Chocolate on sale at the Organic Shop

 

I hope to upload the process in a separate blog soon.

 

 

SHEIKH MOHAMMAD CENTRE FOR CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING VISIT BY MR ANDY BIGGS (CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AT TRAIDCRAFT) AND WIFE

 

Visit to The Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding Dubai UAE, November 2016

The Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

Andy Biggs and wife visit to The Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding Dubai UAE, November 2016

At the end of November arranged a visit to The Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding for Mr Andy Biggs and his wife.

 

Beautiful Emirati lunch at The Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding Dubai UAE, November 2016

 

Mr Rashid and Guest at the Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding November 2016

We enjoyed a beautiful Emirati lunch and were given a presentation about Emirati culture, heritage and history by the animated Mr Rashid.

It was interesting to meet with Mr Biggs and discuss fairtrade and ethical consumerism in the United Arab Emirates.

Wishing all my fairtrade producers and artisans, friends and valued supporters Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year.

Thank you so much for reading and supporting fairtrade and ethical producers.

Warmest regards

Sabeena

 

Further Reading and Links

Zaytoun

The Muslim Council of Britain

Brent Fairtrade Network

The Fairtrade Foundation

The Rainforest Alliance

ISEAL ALLIANCE

OXFAM

The FIG TREE

Kuapa Kukoo

The Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding

TRAIDCRAFT 




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