Fairtrade NAPP has joined as a supporter of the Treaty Alliance. The alliance brings together committed networks and campaign groups around the world in support of developing a binding international treaty to address human rights abuses committed by transnational corporations and other business enterprises. The UN process for a legally binding treaty is quite advanced and a draft will be discussed at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in October in Geneva. More information on this can be found on the UNHRC’s website.
Fairtrade NAPP has rolled out an innovative new project to support farmers in adapting to climate change through the launch of a Climate School in Bangkok, Thailand in July 2018.The Climate Adaptation Project Asia aims to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of small producer organizations through trainings and subsequent application of insights, skills and techniques in the farm.
The project started in the month of August and baseline survey is completed for the small coffee producer groups of Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos and India. This will scale up in the subsequent years for other products like sugarcane, tea, cotton, rice and others.
In attendance at the launch were Mr. Dario Soto Abril, Chief Executive Officer of Fairtrade International, who unveiled the NAPP Climate School logo, Chairman of NAPP Board Mr. Bijumon Kurian, CEO Mr. Kuldeep Singh Chauhan and CEOs of different National Fairtrade Organizations from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Hong Kong and India.
The people of Asia and the Pacific are highly vulnerable to impacts from climate change and climate variability due in part to the high concentration of people living in vulnerable coastal areas and river basins. Many countries in the region are experiencing frequent and intense flooding, drought and storm events. Key economic sectors, especially in developing economies in the region, are already feeling the negative effects. Globally, the financing needs for climate change adaptation in developing countries to 2050 are estimated at $100 billion annually
The project includes setting up a Climate School in Asia (NAPP head office- Bangalore, India) which will be a training center for the producers. Farmers will attend a “farmer field school” to see techniques in action. Demonstration plots will be organized at progressive farmer’s field (farmers will be progressively added/have projects started on their land) where climate adaptation technologies will be demonstrated. In the third year summarizing the entire research and findings, a climate portal will be set up as a knowledge sharing platform for the producers.