Our MD, Kate Gaskell and Chair, Richard Cooper were delighted to welcome Dyborn Chibonga (NASFAM) to London last Sunday who is in the UK to visit our friends at Fair Trade Wales as part of Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations.
The price of brazil nuts is expected to increase considerably over coming months as experts in Bolivia highlight climate change as the underlying factor causing a low crop this year, as reported in yesterday’s Guardian newspaper.
As Fairtrade Fortnight fast approaches, we’re reminded of the millions of farmers in developing countries who work tirelessly to provide food we depend on daily but are often not paid what they rightly deserve.
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.