The Round Table involved facilitated discussion, mostly led by the participants on the day. We divided the meeting into three parts: a context-setting session followed by a deep dive into the most critical issues for the sector, and finishing with an open discussion about how participants want the Round Table to operate from that point forward.
In preparation for the meeting in Hong Kong briefing papers on seed issues and business models were prepared.
Introducing the seed issue were Dr Jane Dever and Dr Monika Mesmers.
Organic and Fairtrade initiatives share very similar values, objectives, and principles, and many grower groups in developing countries (and brands/retailers) choose to be both organic and Fairtrade certified. Both initiatives also share some of the challenges and barriers to growth such as securing farmers have access to non-GMO seed, and finding mutually beneficial ways for producers and brands/retailers to work together – in a way that provides long-term security for farmers, and from which farming communities can flourish.
With our shared interests Textile Exchange and Fairtrade International have always sought to build stronger working relationships and agreed to co-convene the Round Table in Hong Kong.