On 11th Sep 2019 Network of Asia and Pacific Producers (NAPP) was invited to be a part of the research workshop – a collaboration between the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences UGM (University of Gajah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences UNSW (University of New South Wales, Australia), held in Indonesia, South East Asia.
The one-day workshop brought together interdisciplinary experts, NGOs and community leaders to discuss how development and modernisation policies implemented by the region’s governments over the past few decades have affected local communities in Southeast Asia with a focus on Indonesian cases. These included policies in relation to digital and physical infrastructure development (e.g. roads, ports, clean water facilities), agribusiness, and information technology and e-commerce.
NAPP joined as a resource expert for the panel discussion on the theme of ‘Modernisation, Economic (Dis)Empowerment and Social Transformation in Indonesia’. The Program Officer- NAPP- Indonesia, South East Asia had the opportunity to share about the contribution of Fairtrade in the social and economic developments of Fairtrade certified farmers, and the challenges currently faced by the certified farmers in the region. The main objective of NAPPs’ participation in such an event is to increase the visibility of Fairtrade among the different audience in Indonesia, to develop potential relationships with different development actors/stakeholders, to be a part of the network and engage in productive and mutual cooperation and collaboration that will benefit Fairtrade certified SPOs and farmers in Indonesia.