Let us introduce you to 58-year-old, Francisco Layme Beltrán (gatherer of Liberation’s Fairtrade Brazil nuts) who travelled nearly two days by bus and on foot to meet Angela del Valle (Head of Buying at Liberation Foods) at the processing factory where his product is processed.
Africa Day marks the foundation of the African Union in 1963. Many of the festivities around the world celebrate African unity and heritage by showcasing African art, music, and food.
Our shareholder cashew farming co-operative Fairtrade Alliance Kerala has over 7,000 members. Their small ‘homestead’ farms are scattered around the tropical, rugged Western Ghat mountains, a United Nations World Heritage Site. So it’s not surprising that we meet new farmers every time we go, as well as seeing familiar faces.
Over the last two weeks, we’ve taken you on a mini adventure and sharing some exciting stories from Dan Binks’s (Technical Manager at Liberation Foods) recent tour of Bolivia and Chile. He’s been meeting producers, small holder farmers and co-operative shareholders and here’s the last of the three intriguing diary entries…
Liberation followers will already know that the majority of the world’s supply of brazil nuts come from Bolivia…the rest come from Brazil and Peru. At Liberation we buy Fairtrade brazil nuts from our shareholder small-scale brazil nut gatherers who live in the remote Amazon rainforest region of Bolivia. This week our Operations Manager, Angela and Chair of the Board of Directors, Richard have made the long journey to visit the brazil nut gatherer communities. When we say a ‘long journey’, we mean they set off from Heathrow last Saturday and had their first meeting with brazil nut gatherers on Tuesday! Brazil nut gatherers know all about arduous journeys.
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.