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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Brussels Development Briefing on “Promoting responsible and sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade” took place on 22 June 2016 from 9:00 to 13:00, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. This Briefing was co-organised by CTA, the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, CONCORD and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office. The event was a huge success with great debate and insight into fairtrade, smallholder farners and sustainable value-chains across the ACP. We would like to thank the 120 people who came to the event and everyone who followed us online. Pictures and presentations can be found on the BB 44 webpage here: https://brusselsbriefings.net/2016/06/07/next-brussels-briefing-promoting-responsible-and-sustainable-sourcing-through-fair-trade/

We look forward to seeing you at the next Briefing!

 

The CTA Brussels News Service is providing EU-ACP policy news since 2004, on various key thematic areas. In addition to this news service, we also provide news on ACP intra-regional trade, and south-south cooperation (investments of emerging countries' in agriculture in the ACP regions). The main stories for the week are featured in our newsletter and all stories can be found in our Regional Trade and the South-South cooperation sections.

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