More and more universities are becoming interested in the fair trade campaign. Two countries have officially become part of the campaign this year: Ecuador, with the Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial (UTE), which is already complying with four criteria, and it is hoped that it will soon be able to comply with the institution’s purchase of products from small fair trade producers; and Mexico, with the Universidad Politécnica de Huatusco, which has a very close relationship with the Producers’ Network in the Central Zone of Veracruz state – COORPROVER, and is already in compliance with all the criteria, including internal purchasing, buying coffee directly from the Mexican Network.
The Ecuadoran Network is also developing a closer relationship with the Universidad Nacional de Chimborazo and the Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo. And in Caranavi (Bolivia), a relationship is being developed with the Instituto Tecnológico de Caranavi and the Universidad Pública de El Alto. In Costa Rica, the Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED) is becoming interested, and with assistance from the European Union delegation in Costa Rica, a Latin America-European Fair Trade Conference was held at the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), in San José.
This campaign works to gradually reach societies in the region’s countries, with the aim of building fair trade relationships and responsible consumerism in the region.
Do you have contacts and good relationships with national universities?
Do you think that any of these universities might support your organization or your national network in terms of research, outreach and education work?
If you do, we invite you to learn more about the Latin American Universities in Favor of Fair Trade “Universidades Latinoamericanas por el Comercio Justo” campaign!
At CLAC, we would like to see producers’ organizations becoming actively involved in this local process of impact and awareness-raising. Professors, researchers and students can be very important allies for the solidarity and fair trade movement.