Sweet Justice: Lessons in Food Justice from Cocoa Farmers
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)
A fair food system is about more than well-fed people. It's about equality, sustainability, and justice. You're invited to this special event to learn how sweet food justice can be.
Chicago Fair Trade, Divine Chocolate USA, Food Tank, Oikocredit USA, and Oxfam America invite you to hear first hand from visiting cocoa farmers, Mr. Kwesi Boateng Afriyie and Ms. Christiana Adusei of Ghana. In their presentations, Mr. Afriyie and Ms. Aduseiwill describe their relationship with Divine Chocolate, share personal stories as farmers growing cocoa and participating in a fair trade cooperative, and talk about their hopes for agriculture and the challenges for the next generation of farmers. This is an opportunity to understand the experiences of the partners working towards the same goals of prioritizing small-scale and women farmers, and encouraging participatory co-ownership, democratic decision making and shared wealth.
Ms. Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank, will help place these stories in the context of our global food system.
Learn from Chicago Fair Trade and Oxfam America about how your local action can support a fairer global food system, including through Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign.
Refreshments: Light refreshments, including samples of Divine Chocolate, will be served.
Admittance: Free and open to all, but pre-registration is required. Please use Eventbrite or call 734-546-6582.
Date and time: Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Doors open at 6:15pm. Please arrive by 6:30pm for networking and refreshments. The program will begin promptly at 7pm.
Venue: The James Parlor Room of Chicago Temple, 77 W Washington St, across from Daley Plaza at the corner of Clark and Washington. Near numerous CTA routes, bike racks, and public parking.
Mr. Kwesi Boateng Afriyie is a cocoa farmer in the Kuapa Kokoo, a Ghanaian cooperative and farmers’ union that produces cocoa for the fair trade market. He has more than 20 years of experience as a cocoa farmer and has served as a district president within Kuapa Kokoo, also stimulating the establishment of many new Kuapa Kokoo chapters (societies) in his district. His cooperative, Kuapa Kokoo, supplies cocoa for the fair trade chocolate company, Divine Chocolate.
Ms. Christiana Adusei is a cocoa farmer in the Kuapa Kokoo, a Ghanaian cooperative and farmers’ union that produces cocoa for the fair trade market. She has 20 years of experience as a cocoa farmer and also buys cocoa for Kuapa Kokoo, through an elected position in the cooperative.
Ms. Danielle Nierenberg is co-founder of Food Tank and an expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues. She recently spent two years traveling across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America meeting with farmers and farmers’ groups, scientists and researchers, policymakers and government leaders, students and academics, and journalists collecting their thoughts on what’s working to help alleviate hunger and poverty, while also protecting the environment. She has spoken at major conferences and events all over the world and her knowledge of global agriculture issues has been cited widely in more than 3,000 major publications.
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Oxfam America & Chicago Fair Trade
Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. We save lives, develop long-term solutions to poverty, and campaign for social change.
Oxfam Action Corps Chicago supports Oxfam America's campaigns in Chicagoland through volunteer-driven grassroots organizing.
Chicago Fair Trade works to increase support for fair trade in the Chicago metro area through education, advocacy and targeted consumer campaigns.