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More that two decades on, the Fair Trade dreams in Tanzania remains illusive.

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Byendangwero, Apr 12, 2012.

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    Byendangwero JF-Expert Member

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    In 1990 the writer of this post, by then the marketing manager of Kagera cooperative union (KCU), came to learn about the launching of the Max-Havelaar quality mark scheme, which aimed at forging a better deal for the small coffee producers in the international trade, and immediately made the necessary contacts. In a matter of days KCU was inscribed a member of the said scheme and started exporting coffee in that lucrative market. Later other cooperative unions dealing with coffee followed suit.

    From that humble beginning, the Fair Trade in the country has grown in heights and bounds, and today it generates billions of dollas to the country annually in form of surplus. Despite that impressive performance the resultant benefit by and large has not been able to trickle down to the small coffee producers; that this is so is mainly due to the fact that the cooperative law currently in operation in Tanzania has conferred overriding powers to the Registrar/Commissioner of cooperatives over members; consequently members of cooperative societies to-day in Tanzania have no control on the affairs of their societies- not even who their leaders should be.

    To illustrate that point ,let us revisit the one third election that took place in all primary cooperative societies affliated to KCU from 27/02-14/03/2012. By the requirement of the law between the chairman of respective societies and the external delegate to KCUs general meeting one of them was supporsed to resign and was not due for re election until the expiry of three years; whereas that provision of the law was applied to other societies, to thse societies which involved KCU directors it was waived. Such double standards has enabled the perpetuation of some people in the leadership against members wishes. For that reason its now high time for the Fair Trade movement to start shopping around for other partners; farmers groups would be an ideal candidate.
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    FJM JF-Expert Member

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    Hii thread ya jukwaa la biashara.
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    matsuo Senior Member

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    So what exactly is supposed to be discussed in the International Forum? It appears like any topic that is not very ‘appealing' is quickly hidden is some remote section, looks like a clever way of killing a topic….for the topics that interests others other than Tanzanians only, kindly let them remain where they were first posted!!. By the way all topics here are categorizable!! Thus applying that to all topics, is as good as closing down IF. (e.g; AfDB Approves USD 251 Million Funding for Roads in Tanzania, Tanzania has most trade barriers in EAC- report!!!, etc = business forum; Technique ya kwenda USA kusoma? = education forum; Plot to assassinate Raila Odinga? = political forum)

    After posting a topic on "Air Tanzania Crash" it disappeared after a day I raised this assuming it was deleted then got a message that it was hidden here; "Not true, it's here:"

    Under- habari na hoja mchanganyiko???????????
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    FJM JF-Expert Member

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    Moyo, the post is about 'fair trade' and not the international trade. And there is a specif forum for business & trade. Unless there are people from Kenya who wants to disucss 'fair' trade in Tanzania I see no logic to have it here it here. And if you've noticed, sio watu wengi kwenye hii forum wanatembelea International forum, so things like ATC itapata michango mingi zaidi kwenye habari mchanganyiko kuliko under international forum.
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    Askari Kanzu JF-Expert Member

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    Apo FJM umenena maneno ya busara. Naona hawa jamaa kulalamika na kulia lia ni kama tabia yao vile. Kwa karibuni wiki nzima sasa wamekuwa wanalalamika bila sababu za kimsingi, ili basi tu ionekane eti wakenya kwenye hili jamvi wananyanyaswa na Mods. Mbona mada zetu nazo huwaga zinapigwa kufuli lakini sisi hatulalamiki. Kwani sisi sio watu?
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    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Let me address your concerns which are also felt by a couple others.

    Here at Jamiiforums we have a high volume of members who visit on a daily basis giving
    preference to whatever sub-forum they like. FYI at the International Forum, you would
    be suprised that there are very few 'regular contributors' in relation to the total number.
    That said, whenever a thread is posted multiple times we have a policy of merging them
    so as to prevent duplicity.

    When merging the threads 2 main factors come into consideration. The earliest
    thread to hit the forum in relation to the particular topic becomes the 'Title thread'. Then
    whatever subforum that generates most hits becomes the place where the thread would
    be 'hosted'. Take for example the thread you started about the plane crash, you best believe
    there was a Tanzanian fella somewhere who had posted it before you did and it was in the
    Habari na Hoja Mchangyiko subforum. The multiple question marks you put at the end of
    your sentence means you dont understand why. It might help if you realise that the swahili
    word Habari means News...and the plane crash was News or was it not?

    This has nothing to do with trying to 'hide' some threads as you put it and I hope my
    effort to explain this misunderstanding suffices.