San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
The VII Fair Trade International Symposium will take place in Chiapas, southern Mexico, in June 2020. For the first time, this meeting will take place in a country where fair trade actors are mainly small farmers. Chiapas is certainly one of the best places to hold a symposium with and for fair trade farmers, as it is the heart of Mexico and Central America coffee production, as well for honey production from Yucatán to Nicaragua and Argentina. At a wider scale, challenges faced by Mexican farmers are shared in most Latin American countries, and in many ways, close to situations in Africa and Asia.
Jointly with the steering committee, the host institution has identified a series of topics relevant for both academics, practitioners and producers, along three main thematic areas.
Social and economic themes: FT beyond farm and certification
Social and political themes: partnerships and sectoral approaches
Environmental themes: solutions at the landscape scale
For more information about this topics please visit the Themes section.
Any other research related to FT is welcome. Sessions will be built on the basis of received and accepted papers.
Presenting at FTIS 2020: The symposium will feature plenary keynote addresses, parallel paper presentations, poster sessions and participatory workshops. The main languages of the symposium will be Spanish and English, with simultaneous translation during as many of the sessions as possible. There will be an opportunity during poster sessions for multilingual presentations and discussions.
Papers: Researchers and practitioners who would like to present a paper are invited to submit an abstract (500 words written in Spanish or English). Paper sessions will include time for audience questions and feedback. The abstract should include the theme addressed, the applied theory and methodology, the results obtained and the main bibliography.
Free format presentations: Farmers and people belonging to farmers’ organization are welcome to submit a free-format presentation, relating their experience in one of the topics that will soon be announced. These presentations will be part of specific sessions oriented to the exchange of knowledge through a “campesino a campesino” (farmer-to-farmer) method. Texts should be written in a maximum of 500 words including pictures, graphs and drawings.
Posters: Participants are also given the opportunity to submit a 1-page abstract for poster presentations. Poster abstracts can be written in Spanish or English. Limited translation support will be provided, but authors are encouraged to consider an effective presentation format for an international audience.
Workshops: A workshop is a working meeting that focuses on a specific area related to the conference themes. Proposals for workshops should be 1 page in length. The proposal should include a brief overview of the area of research, teaching or practice that will be addressed, a summary of the session’s planned activities, and a brief discussion of the workshop leaders and some tentatively identified participants. A workshop session can require participants to read and prepare feedback on one another’s abstracts or do some other preparation prior to the session.
All abstracts will be evaluated through a peer review process. Notification of acceptance or refusal will be sent within 1 month. Reviewers may formulate suggestions, or in some cases require specific conditions, which will need to be considered for the acceptance of the full paper.Please make sure the abstract submission includes:
The intended session format – paper, poster, workshop
Designated corresponding author
Contact information (name, address, phone, email) for the author and any other participants (e.g., workshop panelists, symposium presenters, etc.)
Three keywords to assist in assigning reviewers.
Submission constitutes a commitment that at least one paper author will attend the conference if the submission is accepted.
Submission Deadline: 15 March 2020
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Conference Website https://www.ecosur.mx/ftis2020/
Sumbision system: Online at https://www.ecosur.mx/ftis2020/