National Nut Day 2016 – A Thank You

National Nut Day 2016 – A Thank You

Saturday 22nd October marked ‘National Nut Day’, a day created to celebrate this wonderful ingredient and snack we know so well. And celebrate we did.

What a Cracking National Nut Day 2015

Thursday, 22 October 2015 marks National Nut Day – Our day to shout from the rooftops about fair trade nuts and in particular nuts from small-scale producers – Producers who simply want a fair reward for their labour.

Liberation Visits Bolivia.. Final Part

My trip coincided with workshops on Quality, Supply Chain and Communication which were conducted by James, a Peruvian best described as an outreach project leader who was working with ‘our man in Bolivia’ Feliciano. The workshops were coordinated and organised by Twin & Liberation, Twin being one of our trading partners and shareholders in Liberation.

Liberation Visits Bolivia.. Part 4

My travelling companions were Max our film Director, and Charlie our cinematographer. Both top guys, their knowledge and insight, enthusiasm and empathy for our business and work was second to none. A little background, Liberation secured funding to produce a film which will premier on National Nut Day on 22nd October. The purpose of the film is simple, Liberation Foods is the UK’s only Fairtrade, farmer-owned nut company and we want to tell everyone about it. The film will be used to tell the story of our partners in Bolivia, their livelihood and the journey of Brazil nuts. Liberation works with and buys nuts from co-operatives whose small-scale growers and farmers own 44 percent of their company; our aim is to secure decent incomes for smallholder nut producers around the world. Liberation’s products make sure producers are paid at least the Fairtrade minimum price for their nuts and receive a Fairtrade premium for every kilogram they sell; ensuring farmers can earn a decent living from their labor. These premiums are then invested in the community for future projects, such as solar-powered fences,   health care and education facilities. The experience of being behind the scenes observing how these guys work was exciting, moments that come once in a life time. I think a total of 24 hours of film are ‘in the can’. One of the most magical moments for me was the sight of groups of local children excited by the camera drone  ‘which they fondly referred to as a helicopter’ – the footage from this alone will inspire you, when you watch the film you will see the majesty of the Brazil trees...
Liberation.. Producer Profile

Liberation.. Producer Profile

As part of our blog series, leading up to National Nut Day on 22nd October, we find out more about our producers by asking them some questions. This week we talk to Ms Aniamma Roy, the Vice Chairperson of FTAK (Fair Trade Alliance, Kerala). All of the producers interviewed in the series will be making the very special trip to London in October, to coincide with National Nut Day. Ms Aniamma tells us she is both nervous and excited about the trip. We asked Aniamma.. LN: How long have you been growing cashew nuts? AR: 15 years LN: How long have you been a member of FTAK? AR: Since 2008 LN: Tell us a little bit about a day in your life AR: I live with my husband and two children, both of whom are studying. My normal day starts at 5 am. The first job is to milk the cows and tend to the cattle after which we prepared breakfast and also lunch in time for children to leave for school. My husband and I work in the fields together – doing a whole lot of assorted tasks, as we have a mixed crop farm. A normal day ends by around 10 pm. LN: What does it mean to you that your co-operative, along with 4 other nut producing co-ops from Bolivia/El Salvador/Malawi and Nicaragua own 44% of Liberation Foods – the UK’s only Fairtrade nut company? AR: In 2008 when FTAK hosted the INPC / Liberation Assembly in Kerala people asked us what the fuss was all about – And we said, we farmers residing in the remote hill tracts of Malabar...

Liberation Visits Bolivia.. Part 3

It’s already very hot and humid and it’s barely 8am. The sun is desperately needed though, the village is just coming out of the rainy season and in the Amazon that means road transport becomes pretty much impossible as huge areas are flooded and everything turns to mud, so moving heavy weights of nuts to river transport is impossible. The house is up early, their daily routine is much the same as any family in the UK, with children breakfasted and teeth cleaned and off to school the main work of the day gathering nuts for all those at home can begin. We all head off into the forest for a day gathering Brazil nuts. We’ve walk for about 40 minutes and are now at the edge of the forest. The gatherers use large machetes to hack their way through the undergrowth, there are well worn paths under foot but one day on a path is never the same as the next. Time has moved on and some gatherers will use motorbikes to ferry back and forth carefully navigating their way through the Brazil trees. To give you an idea of the size this vast forest covers 9 million hectares, and that is just Bolivia’s northern area! If I have worked it out correctly that’s about 16 million international size football pitches! Just a little way in off the main path we arrive at a small clearing and there as my eyes follow the tree trunk up skyward the size of this towering giant the Brazil nut tree suddenly dawns on me, the trees are found throughout the amazon...