The video: Living income for fair chocolate @UHasselt, 5/5/2021

Dear participant of our cocoa debate

The recording of our debate (held on 05/05/2021) has been posted on the UHasselt Youtube channel – you can (re-)watch it via this link

You are very welcome to spread this video as far as you can, but be aware that the viewers need the exact link, as the recording is not publicly available via the channel.

update Debate “Living Income for Fair Chocolate?”@ UHasselt 5th may 2021

update Debate “Living Income for Fair Chocolate?”@ UHasselt 5th may 2021

Al 199 inschrijvingen and counting… >> https://www.mo.be/debate-living-income-fair-chocolate

Register via this link. We will send you the Zoom link leading up to the date of the debate. Register before April 22nd 11:59 PM and receive a finger licking treat!

Wie zich al inschreef ontving gisteren dit verrassingspakketje met de post:

(H)EERLIJK OPWARMERTJE VOOR HET DEBAT

Ik deel bij deze ook graag nog twee items, ter voorbereiding op het debat.

>> dit korte, nieuwe filmpje van de auteurs van de Cacaobarometer

>> The study “No silver bullets”, carried out by Wageningen University and Research with Cocoa Life, Mondelez’s cocoa sustainability programme, presents insights to contribute to the discussion on Living Income for farmers. The authors estimate that a $10 billion US income gap currently exists for cocoa farmers and that while a living income should a key component of ongoing sustainability strategies, it should be part of broader interventions. The study concludes that to tackle farmer poverty a more holistic approach is needed and that this must include multiple stakeholders, including governments. A landscape-based approach is presented as one possible solution.

Read “No silver bullets: Closing the $10 billion income gap in cocoa calls for cross-sector action

DEBATE: LIVING INCOME FOR FAIR CHOCOLATE?

Beste lezer / blogvolger van weleer.

Op 5 mei 2021 organiseert Universiteit Hasselt in samenwerking met Oxfam-Wereldwinkel Hasselt een online debat over leefbaar inkomen in de cacaosector. Onze cacaospecialist Bart Van Besien gaat in gesprek met Minister Meryame Kitir, Manuel Kiewisch (Mondelez) en … Pauline Zei (Inades Formation Côte d’Ivoire).

Het debat wordt georganiseerd door het International Office van de Universiteit Hasselt en gaat door in het Engels en Frans, met simultane vertaling via Zoom. Vandaar dat ook de communicatie, die je hieronder vindt, in het Engels verloopt. Inschrijven doe je via dit formulier. Het Facebookevenement vind je hier.

DEBATE: LIVING INCOME FOR FAIR CHOCOLATE?
5th May 2021 at 19h

As a university and as one of the signatories of the Beyond Chocolate charter, Hasselt University aims to stimulate the debate between different stakeholders in the cocoa industry.

On May 5th we bring them together in an online debate about an important part of the current discussion: “Living income for cocoa farmers?”.

Growing cocoa is an important income provider for many households in Africa and a living income is an important factor to build a sustainable livelihood.

  • But what is a living income?
  • What is fair chocolate?
  • How can you combine these two in a market with little set regulations?
  • Are there any pitfalls in the living income discussion?
  • What is the role of the multinational companies within the industry?
  • How does the government play a role in setting regulations?
  • What about the customers

Join our debate between:

  • Manuel Kiewisch – Mondelēz, one of the worlds’ largest snack companies (Côte d’Or, Milka, Toblerone,…)
  • Bart Van Besien – Oxfam, global movement fighting inequality to end poverty and injustice (Fair Trade Chocolate)
  • Minister Meryame Kitir, Minister of Development Cooperation and of Major Cities
  • Pauline Zei, Director of Inades Formation Côte d’Ivoire and Chairwoman of the Ivorian Civil Society Platform for Sustainable Chocolate.

Never have these parties sat around the (digital) table together in a public debate about the economy, inequality, injustice within the chocolate world we all know. Or, at least, we all think we know.

Introduction by:

  • Prof. dr. Bernard Vanheusden – Hasselt University Rector.
  • Julien Tayoro – Representative of local Oxfam project in the Ivory Coast.

Moderation by:

  • John Vandaele, MO* Magazine.

Practicalities:

  • Date: 5th May 2021 at 19h.
  • Languages: English and French. Live interpretation to both English and French will be provided in the Zoom session.
  • Register via this link. We will send you the Zoom link leading up to the date of the debate. Register before April 22nd 11:59 PM and receive a finger licking treat!
  • If you want to join the discussion, you will be able to post questions or remarks in the chat.

Welkom in “(H)eerlijk” (Hasselt), voor meer dan koffie.

Alweer bijna 4 jaar geleden schreef ik “vlaamse wereldwinkels (her)vinden zich (heruit)“. Welnu, vanaf dit weekend is het aan ons, in Hasselt.

foto: Chrétien Paesen (Belang van Limburg)

Op zaterdag 3 oktober (10-18u) en zondag 4 oktober (14-18u) openen we, i.s.m. Maatwerkbedrijf de Wroeter (o.m. bekend van de confituren in de wereldwinkels), een uniek concept rond duurzame handel en sociale economie in de binnenstad van Hasselt.

(H)eerlijk opent de deuren in een pand van The Box, in de Maastrichterstraat 34 in Hasselt. En dat begin januari 2020.

We willen deze samenwerking uittesten in een pop-up formule, met de bedoeling om volgend jaar met nog meer gelijkgezinde partners dit project verder te zetten. We willen komen tot een heus belevingscentrum, een plek in Hasselt waar we kunnen verbinden, sensibiliseren, verkopen, vormingen begeleiden, informeren en ontmoeten. Dit alles met als rode draad: de hoognodige transitie naar een solidaire, zorgzame, duurzame samenleving.