Fairtrade fortnight 2017

Feb 15, 2017

27th February to 11th March, 2017 is Fairtrade fortnight. Fairtrade is about getting a better deal for farmers around the world. This means better prices, better terms of trade and decent working conditions.

Crofton Park Baptist Church is a Fairtrade church as the principles reflect our Christian values of improving the lives of our neighbours (and our neighbours don’t just live next door) and alleviating the suffering of people all over the world. Especially when that suffering is as a result of unfair trade arrangements which cause suffering for the farmers that produce the products we depend on.

We support these farmers by encouraging our members to buy Fairtrade products, raising awareness of the work of the Fairtrade Foundation and getting involved in Fairtrade fortnight campaigns.

In 2017 with Brexit, a new inward looking US administration and talk of more insular policies, a better deal for farmers could well be at risk. Countries may seek to do trade deals that favour themselves and neglect the needs of struggling farmers who provide the cotton for our shirts, coffee for our cappuccinos and cocoa for our Easter eggs.

What can you do?

We’re asking our members to voice their concerns to their MPs and you can do the same by emailing your MP. You can find their details on the ‘Find your MP‘ website.

You can also buy products with the Fairtrade mark when you do your grocery or clothing shopping. Visit Fairtrade.org.uk for more information about Fairtrade farmers and the work of the foundation, including ways you can get involved.

 

Before Fairtrade we were losing money… now we are getting a better price when selling our boxes of bananas. We used to sell our boxes and see no profit out of it; we were not calculating the exportation costs. Fairtrade has trained us, now we know the real price of a box and that allows us to negotiate

Leonidas Jiménez Chaparro

banana farmer, BANAFRUCOOP, Colombia

The price of gold goes up and down. Now the price is low. The middlemen tell us whether it is high or low. But the middleman may lie or tell the truth. The middleman wants to get the best price for himself and it’s not fair. There is nothing I can do because I don’t know where they take the gold.

Fred Ejakait

gold miner (non-Fairtrade), Uganda

It has also been difficult to cover school fees. My daughter is 24 years old and still in Year 4 [usually for 16 year olds]. It is the lack of funds that has delayed her education.

Ben Moffat

tea farmer, EOT, Tanzania

There is general poverty in the region but with training the farmers are able to rise above it. My job is to train others and help them not go hungry. If their crops can meet the specifications, the coffee gets good prices and they have a good livelihood.’

Olivia Mwombeki

coffee farmer, Kagera Co-operative Union, Tanzania

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