FNSA & Fairfood organise conference on improving working conditions

22 February 2016

The Fédération Nationale du Secteur Agricole (FNSA) and Fairfood International are organising a conference in Agadir, Morocco on 9 March 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.


Please note that this programme is not yet final. It will be updated as new speakers are confirmed.

Date: March 9th 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), Mr Said Khir Allah
  • Welcoming words from
    • the Regional Governor, Mme Le Wali , Dr Zineb El Adaoui
    • the President of the Souss Massa Region, Mr Brahim Hafidi
    • a representative of the Ministry of Labour, Mr Mehdaoui Fouad
    • a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Mourad Hayoun
  • 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/UMT, Morocco and Mohamed Dahmani, 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 – Mrs Ines del Real, Fairood International, Netherlands
  3. The center of Excellence: a tool for a sustainable and innovative Horticulture in the region of Souss- Massa – Mr Mohamed Amine Moustanjidi, Policy Advisor, Maghreb Agricultural Office based at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Morocco
  4. The valorisation of human resources for the company’s development and improvement of working conditions – Mr Khalid Bounajma, Pack Souss, 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 evolution of employees’ registration for CNSS in the Souss Massa region – Mr Akaoui Soufiane, Regional Director CNSS, Agadir, Morocco
  2. Collective bargaining agreements in praxis, a case from the agricultural sector – Ms Saida Ben Taher, Confédération Démocratique du Travail (CDT), Morocco
  3. Collective bargaining agreements and social dialogue in the region: progress and challenges – Mr Abdarrahim Handouf, FNSA/UMT, Morocco
  4. Regional institutional framework to support social dialogue in the agricultural sector – Professor Benbada Omar, Morocco (Presented by Soufiani Driss)
  5. Video “One of the great human rights success stories of our day: The Fair Food Program” – The Coalition of Immokalee Workers

12:30 – 13:00 Discussion

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch

  • The Coalition of Immokalee Workers: Worker-driven Social Responsibility –  Ms Agatha Schmaedick, Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), Florida USA

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 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.