October 25th - 26th: National fair trade days in Ivory Coast

October 25th and 26th, RICE (the Ivorian network for fair trade) will organize its very first edition of journées nationales du commerce équitable or national fair trade days.

The organisation aims to gather all stakeholders involved in fair trade, such as farmers, purchasers, consumers and government representatives in order to create a platform to exchange ideas and experiences.  The event will consist of conferences, workshops and a small fair where all parties can promote their fair trade products and services.

RICE was founded in 2009 with the purpose of promoting fair trade and defending the interests of fair trade certified producers in Ivory Coast. Since then, the number of fair trade certified producers in the country has increased from 9 to 120.