Fair Food, Fair Business and Fair Trade
How can the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) deliver for farmers and workers?
November 24, 2015
The APPG TOP collaborated with the Fairtrade Foundation, the APPG for Agriculture and Food for Development (APPG AgDev) and the APPG for Sustainable Development Goals (APPG SDG) to host ‘Fair Food, Fair Business and Fair Trade’, a panel discussion held in the House of Commons on November 24, 2015.
The event featured the Rt Hon Desmond Swayne MP, Minister of State, DFID, Stephen Twigg MP, Chair, International Development Committee, Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Judith Batchelar OBE, Director of Brand, Sainsbury’s, John Steel, CEO, Cafédirect, and James Mwai, Director of Programmes, Fairtrade Africa. The discussion was chaired by Fiona Bruce MP.
During the panel discussion, three broad areas of actions were put forward to ensure the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) turn into concrete actions and have a sustained impact in the UK and internationally:
Create pre-competitive conditions and breaking silos—Embrace the opportunity created by the SDGs to collaborate with competitors in private and public sectors.
Partner with smallholder farmers—Shift from one-way ‘giving’ to smallholder farmers to two-way partnership between smallholder farmers and businesses or governments. Provide leadership opportunities for smallholder farmers in implementing the SDGs.
Reduce barriers to trade and investment—Provide more trade opportunities to developing countries to reduce reliance on aid.