There were a lot of fair trade activities in Chile during the month of August. One of them was the Eighth International Beekeeping Symposium, held in Santiago de Chile on August 12-14. Participating were more than 90 exhibitors, including producers of honey, beekeeping inputs and machinery distributors, who participated in the event. The main activity was a series of workshops led by experts from Chile and other countries such as Brazil, Argentina and European Union countries. In particular there was a special module on fair trade, for the first time, with a focus on current demand and prospects for fair trade honey in the international market.
Participants learned first-hand about the work within a beekeeping cooperative, with fair trade principles, the challenges they are confronting, and the search for markets for their products, according to Juan Eduardo Henríquez, manager of the Valdivia Beekeeping Campesino Cooperative (APICOOP).
In the context of the activities, an Impact Strategies Workshop was held on the 22nd and 23rd in the city of Curicó, for members of the Chilean National Network. Representatives of seven of the country’s producers’ organizations attended, leading to the formulation of the National Network’s impact strategy.
In addition the Network held meetings with various local stakeholders, such as producers’ organizations belonging to the World Fair Trade Organization (WTFO), government entities such as ProChile, FAO and national buyers. In addition, in the context of promoting campaigns such as “Latin American Cities and Towns in Favor of Fair Trade” (“Ciudades y Pueblos Latinoamericanos por el Comercio Justo”) and Latin American Universities in Favor of Fair Trade “Universidades Latinoamericanas por el Comercio Justo,” meetings were scheduled with the Universidad Autónoma de Chile, headquartered in the city of Talca and the Municipalidad de Sagrada Familia, located in the Curicó province.