The Fair Trade Towns movement started in April 2000 in Garstang (pop. 5,000) in north-west England. By 2011 it had grown rapidly to feature 1,000 Fair Trade Towns in 21 other countries. Only six years later, in October 2017, the global list of Fair Trade Towns had reached 2,000! The number of countries where campaigning around the Fair Trade Town idea was taking place had, by then, reached 33 (Belgium/Flanders and Belgium/Wallonia being counted separately). The current list, in March, 2019 is here.
Monday, October 24, 2016 was the 5th Anniversary of the unanimous passing by the Mankato City Council of a Resolution that enabled ‘Fair Trade Town’ status to be claimed according to the criteria of the national Fair Trade Campaigns, coordinating body for Fair Trade Towns, Colleges, Schools and Congregations. Thursday, October 27, saw the holding of two Anniversary events, both addressed by Mark Ritchie, former Minnesota Secretary of State - a Conference (9:30am-2:30pm) at Minnesota State University-Mankato on the theme “Fair Trade for a Sustainable Future”, and a Celebration, 7:00-9:00pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Mankato. This Article focuses only on Read More
October is Fair Trade Month. In 2016 it has the added significance of featuring the 5th Anniversary of‘ “Mankato-Fair Trade Town". At this moment MAFTTI wants to bring supporters’ attention to a few issues that bear upon the future of Fair Trade education and advocacy in the area. A printed version of MAFTTI Messages, with additional graphics, was presented to those who attended the Celebration of the 5th Anniversary of the Mankato City Council’s Resolution held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Mankato, on October 27, 2016. The intention of the Messages is two-fold: (a) To point up some of the emphases Read More
Mankato City Council passed a unanimous Resolution on October 24, 2011 declaring Mankato a ‘Fair Trade Town” acceding to the criteria of the national Fair Trade Towns campaign. On the 5th Anniversary, MAFTTI presented a report to the City Council which can be read here.
Paul Renshaw, MAFTTI Chair, has compiled some “ruminations” seven years after the founding of MAFTTI and in advance of the 5th Anniversary celebration of Mankato’s status as a ‘Fair Trade Town’ in October, 2016. Paul's reflections are here. Picture: Paul & Arlene Renshaw at the first Sustainability Expo, MSU, April 2014