- Sessions Overview
- Speakers
Breakout Session 15
Session Organiser:
World Fair Trade Organization Asia, Inc. (WFTO ASIA)
The regional branch of World Fair Trade Organization in Asia, WFTO ASIA is a consortium of over 150 producers and marketing and development organizations in 18 countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam) in the Asia Pacific region. The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) is a global community of pioneering and passionate change-makers, responsible for the development of the sustainable Fair Trade economy, for the good of us all. WFTO ASIA communities has a whole range of Fair Trade products both food and crafts such as muscovado sugar, coffee, dried fruits, coconut sugar, coconut oil, nuts, puree, local wine and fruit juices and many more as well as artisans of handmade products using local natural and recycled materials for their crafts for home decorations, and daily use, fashion and accessories, and gifts.

Vision-Mission and Goals

We envision WFTO ASIA to be a means of further strengthening the global WFTO, its structure, goals and objectives.
We further envision WFTO ASIA to be a dynamic and relevant organization with a strong Asian collective identity striving to:
• Increase awareness of fair trade principles among producers and consumers at grass roots, national and regional levels;
• Strengthen cooperation among fair trade groups in the region towards cultivating domestic and regional market linkages and networks;
• Create an impact on and influence policy-makers at regional level on trade policies which will stimulate South-South trading activities;
• Promote cooperation among member-organizations in the areas of skills development, technology transfer and access to information;
• Expand membership to all countries in the region
Core Business
WFTO ASIA commits itself towards enabling small farmers and artisans to improve their livelihoods and communities through sustainable Fair Trade. It does this by delivering market access through policy, advocacy, campaigning, marketing and monitoring.
Ramona RAMOS (Regional Director, World Fair Trade Organization Asia, Inc., Philippiness)