An exceptional year for Fair trade town initiatives!

Though I have been travelling between India and UK between the month of September 2018 to February 2019, there  have been so many activities.

Firstly, strategising with the Fairtrade India office and concurrently absorbing the key elements of the "Switch Asia" programme that have now been approved by the European Union. These key elements from the above discussion were to focus on key Metropolitan cities as we need to drive sustainable consumption and prod...

February 4, 2018

After returning to India , buoyed by the lovely contacts and meetings in the UK, the end of the year 2017 was marked with a lot of productive activity.  Firstly, a national steering committee for fair trade towns met and reviewed the work done in Pondicherry and Kotagiri (the seaside town and the town at the top of a hill , as I lovingly refer to them) ; both of which are making plenty of progress towards certification.

A one day discussion on how to be prepared for the formalization, i.e. official fai...

On March 15th, I took the train back to Kotagiri, after last setting foot in that beautiful place during the 450 km walk from Pondicherry. After passing through some charming town-stations with a characteristic old-world charm such as Mettupalayum and taking a jeep up the hills to the very top, a superb day of free flowing discussion, brain storming and plan of action for making Kotagiri Fairtade town before August followed.

The Niligri Adivasi Welfare Association (NAWA), a leading charity in Kotagiri has b...

January 16, 2016

 

It boggles the mind to see how fast time moves. It feels like just yesterday that Natesa Iyer and I, backed by a whole troupe of vibrant, energetic and charmistastic people undertook the 450km walk from Pondicherry to Ooty, to raise awareness for Fair Trade and Climate Justice.

 

 Nearly a month and a half afterwards, I wanted to share with you a quick summary of the most important outcomes from the walk.

 

People

 Without people, this walk would have no meaning. From the people that poured their heart and sou...

November 25, 2015

 

Spirits were high, especially after the generousity offered by Mr. Ravishankar in Aathur, who boarded us for the night on Day 4.

 

An irresistable Vaada ( Indian Savoury Donut) was on offer on one of the nearby street stalls, which was our breakfast for the beginning of what promised to be a very fulfilling day 5. Good weather and a serene vista of hills were the backdrop for this leg of the journey.

 

 

 

We met some clued up farmers on the way, who were well versed in the concepts of steady prices, and even m...

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Pushpanath Krishnamurthy
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