Mei Mei was blown away by the power, humour and enthusiasm of the women farmers that she met in Nicaragua. Here, some of them tell her about the Fairtrade premium funding training courses they’ve attended recently.
One of Mei Mei and Dan’s first questions on meeting our shareholder farmers in Nicaragua was one of the most obvious – ‘How has the Fairtrade premium been invested in helping your communities?’ And sometimes the most obvious questions are the best; as here’s just a selection of the answers that came firing back at them from a room of enthusiastic, knowledgeable farmers – just some of co-operative Del Campo’s around 4,000 small-scale farmer members.
Nicaraguan nut farmer Urania and her daughter Alba have both very much enjoyed Fairtrade premium funded bakery and dress making lessons. And for Urania they have really impacted on her family’s life.
This week we are munching on Nicaraguan chocolate covered cashews – delicious. They’re courtesy of Mei Mei and Dan who are braving the cold back in London after a week in the hot sun visiting farmers and factories with our shareholder producer co-op, in beautiful Nicaragua. The good news is that our Nicaraguan peanut harvest is in for this year and it’s a decent one – the peanuts are now safely stored ready to be shelled, cleaned and shipped over to us.
This year’s annual gathering of Seed Fest 2017 (22-26 January) hosted by the Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK) – Liberation’s cashew producer and shareholder – will be a focused effort geared to displaying, exchanging and preserving a wide and colourful selection of seeds, planting material, indigenous livestock, medicinal plants as well as indigenous and wild trees. Created as a platform to share experiences and knowledge related to the preservation and propagation of indigenous seeds, the festival gives FTAK a vital voice to demonstrate their innovative way of farming which is small scale, market-embracing and sustainable.
As part of our feasting season we wanted to share with you some typical dishes enjoyed by some of our nut producers.