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Fairtrade - NAPP launches Gender Leadership School for rural producers
Thursday, 11 July, 2019, 15 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Fairtrade - Network of Asia and Pacific Producers (NAPP) has launched its Gender Leadership School, a certified course to help participants from rural producer’s organisations to improve and develop basic skills. It builds leaders in the farming sector to scale up to the level of engage with larger buyers and associate themselves with the local government.
The network currently supports 275 producer organisations and over 2,00,000 farmers and workers across 20 countries in Asia and the Pacific. One of its main aim is to address gender inequality in developing countries where women face many challenges than men when it comes to earning fair wages, owning land or having a say in the future of cooperatives, unions or communities. It incorporates gender equality into its programmes in order to improve the lives of these women farmers and producers.  
Fairtrade offers consumers a way to reduce poverty through their every day shopping.

Participants from across the world such as Central Asia, Pakistan, South Asia and South-East Asia would also be participating in this programme.
Speaking on this occasion, Sanjeet Khurana, chief operating officer, NAPP, said, “We are very excited to announce the launch of this school. This will help the next generation of farmers to be educated, innovative and business-minded.”
Bijumon Kurian, chairman, Fairtrade – NAPP, said, “Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. When farmers sell on Fairtrade terms, it provides them with a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improves their lives and plan for the future.”
”Gender leadership school of NAPP aims to bring awareness in communities on parity in all spheres between men and women. It works to empower producers in rural settings where women do most of the production with minimal access to benefits,” said Kuldeep Singh Chauhan, chief executive officer, NAPP.

“The leadership school aims to create gender-sensitised leaders in communities where we support producer organisations. In this noble cause, while we are putting all organisational efforts to promote SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) 5, we look forward to partnerships with like minded organisations to join hands for broadening and deepening this important work,” he added.
The programme was inaugurated by Salumarada Thimmakka, Kurian, Chauhan, Khurana, and other board members from across India and Sri Lanka.
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