Our chairman Richard is in Burkina Faso, in the region of Bobo Diassolou. So far he has visited two co-ops of cashew and mango farmers who supply Liberation with delicious cashews. He also spent time in a medical centre and maternity unit, both funded by Fairtrade premiums; one of his highlights was meeting a male midwife – a first!
Liberation shareholders in Malawi lead the way to secure more value for small-scale peanut farmers. The peanut harvest season in Malawi’s central region is well underway. Since March, farmers have been busy lifting the nuts, stripping them from their stems, drying and sorting them ready for sale.
Dan and Angela from Team Liberation are in Kerala, India at the moment. They are meeting up with the producers who supply our delicious cashews. He’s a quick update from them.
As the country is in the midst of a mini heatwave, revellers heading to Glastonbury this week will no doubt be reaching for their sun lotion rather than their wellies as the hot weather is set to continue.
World Fair Trade Day, Saturday 13th May 2017, will see campaigners, food lovers and supporters across five continents join together to recognise the people involved in trade throughout the supply chain of some of our favourite products, including our tasty and delicious nuts.
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.