Monday, September 17, 2012

Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold moves into Africa

Thanks to a grant of £820,318 from Comic Relief over the next three years, the Fairtrade Foundation will be partnering with Fairtrade Africa, the Alliance for Responsible Mining and Solidaridad to develop gold supplies from artisanal and small-scale miners in Africa.
The programme will work with eight mining groups in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to develop their technical skills to improve hazardous working conditions.
The Fairtrade Foundation reports that sales of Fairtrade and Fairmined gold bullion reachedan estimated £700,000 in 2011.

The Fairtrade Foundation, which certifies the gold, announce that 350kg per year of gold will soon be available to jewellers, with more to follow.In the first year of trading, four gold mining organisations have become certified. One of them, Cotapata in Bolivia, was supported by the
Trade for Development Centre.

To find out more: Fair Trade South Africa

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