Marcial Quintero, member of Coobana, a Fairtrade banana co-operative in Panama.
It’s a scandalous reality that millions of farmers and workers are still being ripped off despite working hard to provide the products we love. Unfairness in global trade is rooted in centuries of exploitation.
Yet across the globe, Marcial and hard-working producers like him are unravelling this legacy. They’re fighting for a fair deal, supported by Fairtrade, earning their way out of poverty and transforming their communities.
Together we’re stronger, and more people choosing, sharing and shouting about Fairtrade in the UK means more power to producers like Marcial to break the stranglehold of poverty prices.
There’s never been a more important time to stand with producers through Fairtrade – to protect the progress you’ve achieved alongside them, and to welcome more people – supporters, producers, businesses - into Fairtrade.
'The Fairtrade premium is like a miracle to us, it comes directly into our hands. It is an acknowledgement of our work, of what we are capable of and who we are. It is so important to us, thank you!' Justine Watalunga, coffee farmer and chair of a women's group which runs an orphanage, nursery and primary school in Uganda.
Invite more of your congregation in to Fairtrade in this Fairtrade Fortnight to stand with producers like Justine who are transforming their communities through Fairtrade. Have your Fairtrade Certificate on show to make sure all your visitors know of your church's commitment.
There are plenty of resources available on the Fairtrade Foundation website https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Get-Involved/Current-campaigns/Fairtrade-Fortnight/Fairtrade-Fortnight-for-Campaigners
about a display of products, a Traidcraft stall, a coffee morning, tastings
perhaps of some of the lesser known Traidcraft products - just delve into the
Traidcraft catalogue to appreciate the whole range of foodstuffs and other
products on offer. Behind each Traidcraft
product lies a very human story and you can be sure that buying such a product
helps improve lives. The new Traidcraft catalogue will be out in February and
the Real Easter Egg will be back.
As you probably know, the Fairtrade Foundation still has fundamental concerns that the new Sainsbury’s Foundation pilot in tea falls below the core principles of Fairtrade and particularly because farming groups in Africa felt that it would take control away from them. Sainsbury’s own-brand Red Label and Gold Label ranges are no longer Fairtrade certified, instead these are part of its new “fairly traded” range. More than 229,000 farmers will be affected by these changes.
The 'Tell Sainsbury's - Don't Ditch Fairtrade' campaign has been well supported nationwide and in Lancashire by the different Fairtrade groups and supporters. Discussions continue between the Foundation and Sainsbury’s, but crucially, Sainsbury’s have not widened their ‘fairly traded’ scheme yet. This is thought to be at least partly because of the adverse publicity they have received.
An estimated 16 million small scale miners work in dangerous conditions around the world to provide
gold that may end up on our high streets. Exploited by some middle men, and forced to handle hazardous chemicals such as mercury, small scale mining is a dangerous and precarious way to earn a livelihood. Miners often work in very remote and harsh conditions with little or no health and safety measures in place.
Say I Do to Fairtrade Gold and commit to making a difference is a campaign to encourage couples to choose engagement and wedding rings of Fairtrade gold, helping some of the 16 million small-scale miners and their families worldwide to a better life. Fairtrade Gold offers a lifeline to these miners, their families and communities. http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/get-involved/current-campaigns/discover-fairtrade-gold
Fairtrade Gold Photo Exhibition This free exhibition is currently touring Lancashire and the schedule is attached. It tells the story of marginalised mining communities in Africa and South America, where Fairtrade is changing lives. Do go along and take a look, and encourage others to find out more about this newest Fairtrade product.
The film 'Dirty Gold War' which uncovers the human and environmental cost of our obsession with gold is also available as a DVD for churches to borrow. Please contact Anne as below.
Preston & South Ribble Fairtrade Group