Screen_Shot_2014-05-29_at_8.28.06_PMDay one of a two days conference took place today at the Hibiscus Conference Room at Tony’s Resort INN in Corozal Town, with delegates and stakeholders in the Sugar Industry from across the globe including members from Latin America and the Caribbean.


The two day conference is a joint project with Fairtrade and CLAC, (Coordinadora Latino Americana y del Caribe de Pequeños productores de Comercio Justo.) Director and organizer for CLAC, Sonia Murillo, told us more on the two day activity.


Sonia Murillo - Director and organizer for CLAC


“El objetivo de este proyecto  fue cumplir con unos de roles que tiene la red de azúcar que es inter cambiar con los delegados de todos los países que producen azúcar dentro del sistema del comercio justo inter cambiar sus logros sus expectativas y también enumerar todos los inconvenientes que en este momento tiene  el mercado de la azúcar del comercio justo a nivel mundial.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


 

“Cuando hablamos del nivel mundial cuantos países participan en esta conferencia?”

 

Sonia Murillo - Director and organizer for CLAC


“En esta conferencia estamos todos los países productores de azúcar del comercio justo esta Paraguay, Costa Rica, Belice, Cuba, Jamaica y Guyana y nos visitan de la red Africana un representante de las islas Mauricio y de la red Asiática un representante de la islas Fiché.”


Present at the forum was Monica Berinsiem, Manager at Fairtrade International FLO, who shared with us some of the topics that will be discussed during the sessions.


Monica Berinsiem - manager Fairtrade International FLO


“We are going to speak about the markets for sugar as well as the Carpi forum in Europe which is some other types of sugar will be abolish and how the organizations tend to compete for this scenario and to see how we can create more market for the farmers and how they proactively they can give information and at the same time we will analyse information from the producers from the different countries and take this all together which will also benefit through the impact information the farmers in Belize and the farmers in the other parts of the world and specifically for the Belize sugar sector and we also discussing a project where we the sugar cane be sold in the country as well and where it could be an excellent opportunity for the population in Belize that they can support their own farmers and their own sugar industry.”


And there is no doubt that these types of seminars benefit even cane farmers who are basically the backbone of the industry.


Javier Queme - Representative of CLAC in the BSCFA


“The main objective of this meeting is to update on what has been transpiring at the Regional level, a the Latin American where we have representatives from Paraguay, from Panama, costa Rica, Guyana, Jamaica an so this is just to share the challenges and information that each country might bring to learn from each other. The sugar industry in Belize would benefit especially the producers sector because by legislation the marketing of the sugar in Belize is done by BSI and information in the past was not share as it since we were Fair Trade Certified and from 2008 the information has been more available because of the participation of the BSFCA at the Regional forums and global as the fair trade system.”


The data collected at the reunion will be taken back to Fairtrade headquarters to seek better solutions for the Sugar Industries. CLAC is an organization with operational capacity, providing assistance and training to base-level organizations.

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