Join us at Wheaton College in Norton, MA on June 20th-22nd for our annual summit. Since 2017, Equal Exchange has hosted an annual gathering bringing together worker-owners, farmer partners and you! We believe you are an integral part of this movement and need your participation to succeed. Join our community for two days of workshops, celebration, and planning as we advance our vision of building a better food system, together.
"I got involved with EE back in my college days through the Boston Faith and Justice Network. And I stayed involved. I learned where my food is coming from and the different issues in all of that. I cook, I bake, I buy coffee, chocolate and bananas. Just learned that it’s all interconnected and it’s a pretty complicated world out there." - Kisuk K, Citizen-Consumer
RSVP required by May 24th.
2019 Summit Program
We are excited to announce our keynote speaker for this June, Santiago Paz López. Santiago is the export manager at Norandino Cooperative (formerly Cepicafe) located in the Piura region of Peru. What started out as a small group of coffee growers in the mountains of Peru has grown into a cooperative that produces far more than just coffee today.
“I believe the market is the most important. You must start from the reality of your producers. Most of them live in extreme poverty. The most important thing for them is to generate an income. They are busy surviving from day to day: what do we eat today, what do we eat tomorrow. The market can change matters”- Santiago Paz López
We are excited to share with you two exciting presenters at this years’ Citizen-Consumer Summit. You may have heard, this year we are asking our base to engage in two solidarity campaigns, Behind the Barcodes led by OXFAM and the Food and Agribusiness Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act led by the Organization of Competitive Markets. We admire both of these organizations and are excited to have leaders share their work this June that addresses issues in the food system.
Today, as the Executive Director of the Organization for Competitive Markets, Maxwell works to fight to keep markets open for family farmers and independent ranchers. His experience has set him on a course to break the lock industrial agriculture has on the various agriculture markets where 4 transnational corporations control as much as 82% of the market. He understands this heavy market concentration denies workers, farmers and ranchers their opportunity to share in the America's prosperity they help build and that an inclusive economy must be restored if America is to gain its full potential.
Please RSVP by May 24th