FNSA & Fairfood organise conference on improving working conditions in global food chains

The Fédération Nationale du Secteur Agricole (FNSA) and Fairfood International are organising a conference in Agadir, Morocco on 24 February 2016. The topic is improving working conditions in global food chains, with a special focus on the Moroccan agricultural sector:

“Improving working conditions in global food chains: examples of good practices, innovation and collaboration and how to face the challenges ahead”

In this conference, the Moroccan food industry and experts in a wide variety of fields will be brought together to discuss examples of projects that involve inclusion and collaboration and where participants have found innovative ways of solving problems. We will also take a closer look at Fairfood and the FNSA’s tomato project in Morocco.

See the detailed programme below.

Experts from all over the world are present

Companies, NGOs, trade unions, government officials, academics and workers from all over the world will join the conference. These include the President of the Souss Massa region, representatives from the regional authorities, as well as from the Moroccan Ministries of Labour and Agriculture, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers from Florida (USA) and the Libera Terra association from Italy. They will share their experiences and discuss possibilities for improving conditions in the agri-business sector, both in Morocco and abroad.


Date: February 24th 2016
Venue: Palais des Roses, Agadir, Morocco

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:30 Opening session

  • Welcome speech from the host, Fédération Nationale du Secteur Agricole (FNSA)
  • Welcoming words from
    • Regional Governor, Mme Le Wali
    • President of the Souss Massa region, Mr Brahim Hafidi
    • A representative of the Ministry of Labour
    • A representative of the Ministry of Agriculture
  • Opening words from the Managing Director (a.i) of Fairfood International, Ms Maxine Tillij

9:30 – 11:00 First panel of speakers sharing experiences and insights

  1. Developing capacities of agricultural workers to become more influential, especially women – Mr Lahoucine Boulberj, FNSA, Morocco and Mr Mohamed Dahmani, Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging (FNV), Netherlands
  2. A case of partnership between a local labour union and an international NGO to improve worker’s conditions in the tomato food chain – Ines del Real, Fairood International, Netherlands
  3. The role of social-eco entrepreneurs in delivering social value through the inclusion of rural youth in the production process – Ms Valeria Perzia, Libera Terra Mediterraneo, Italy
  4. The valorisation of human resources for the company’s development and improvement of working conditions – Mr Khalid Bounajma, Pack Souss, Morocco
  5. Policy Presentation (Title to be confirmed) – Advisor from the Dutch Embassy, Morocco

10:30 – 11:00 Discussion

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break                          

11:30 – 13:00 Second panel of speakers sharing experiences and insights

  1. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers: Worker-driven Social Responsibility – Ms Agatha Schmaedick, Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), Florida USA
  2. Collective bargaining agreements in praxis, a case from the agricultural sector – Mr. Bouchta Boukhalfa, Confédération Démocratique du Travail (CDT), Morocco
  3. Collective bargaining agreements and social dialogue in the region: progress and challenges – Mr Lahoucine Bouberj, FNSA, Morocco
  4. Regional institutional framework to support social dialogue in the agricultural sector – Professor Benbada Omar, Morocco

12:30 – 13:00 Discussion

13:15  – 14:15 Lunch

14:30 – 16:00 Group discussions on integrating knowledge and looking to the future

16:00 – 16:30 Plenary

16:30 – 17:00 Closing speech

  • Ms Ghada Tawab, Program Officer Ford Foundation MENA region

If you would like to attend or if you have any questions you can contact the conference coordinators Ines del Real – Fairfood International (Ines.delReal@fairfood.org) or Lahoucine Boulberj – FNSA (boulberjl@yahoo.fr).

*The programme will be updated as more details are confirmed, so we recommend you keep checking this page to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.