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ALTERNATIVE TRADE NETWORK OF NIGERIA
The Alternative Trade Network of Nigeria (ATNN) was established in 1994 with 25 artisans drawn from different parts of Nigeria as a Non Governmental Trade and Development Network. It was formerly registered with Corporate Affairs Commissions Abuja on the 7th January 1999 as an Incorporated Trustee with a five member Governing Board. The daily operations of the network are coordinated by program staff and team of volunteers under the leadership of the Director.
ATNN is a registered pioneer member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) formed in 1994 now the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and also a founding member of the Cooperation for Fair Trade in Africa (COFTA) with its Africa Regional Office based in Nairobi, Kenya.
With a founding membership of 25 artisans and groups, ATNN membership has grown to 120 cooperatives, groups and individuals (over 3616 individuals) engage in both food and Non food products from different parts of Nigeria who are grass root based and committed to the principles and standards of fair trade. 63% of the current membership is women, employing over 3616 people. 1774 apprentices have also been trained and are now self employed and running their business in different areas of micro enterprises.
ATNN exist to provide an active platform for Nigeria producers to dialogue, network and share skills that will promote and protect the development and expansion of micro enterprises in favor of the disadvantaged grassroots producers and the accessing of profitable fair trade markets.
MISSION......To improve the life of people and their communities through fair trade practices, man power development, advocacy and the facilitation of market access for a secured livelihood
VISION......To contribute to reducing poverty in Nigeria through Fair Trade Practices and Economic Empowerment.To promote Non Oil Export through fair trade while preserving Nigeria’s tradition
Fair Trade practices
ATNN PROGRAMS.....ATNN has the following thematic areas of intervention
1. Fair Trade Market Access, Retailing and Export Trading......
This program provides unique solutions to specific members based on identified needs, level of business development, size, structure, markets, retailing and other trading opportunities.
2. Producer Development, Community Mobilization and Empowerment......
This program engages participatory method of development of both formal and informal groups of producers and communities in identifying and establishing core strength and weaknesses and collective designing of sustainable and achievable business solutions.
3. Fair Trade Advocacy and Economic Rights......
The objective of this program is to develop and disseminate appropriate fair trade information to raise beneficiary’s awareness and stake holder’s interest and support for effective and proactive fair trade participations. It also highlights and lobby against unethical business, production and trade practices and policies that are detrimental to community growth, environmental protection and other impacts that are related to sustainable production and development.
OUR CORE ACTIVITIES......
The Alternative Trade Network of Nigeria believes in fostering an accelerated producers businesses development and sustainable income through developing, consolidating and advancing the core mission and objectives of the global fair Trade Movement within Nigeria, Africa and the world over.
This is achieved through the offering and provision of technical guidance, market support, networking and awareness rising for favorable trade policies and micro business development measures.
ATNN, in its business development services also ensures that producers do not just access profitable markets, but produce quality products and get appropriate value for their labor. ATNN generally desires to achieve the following:
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