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.
Over the next three days, we’ll be taking 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 first of three intriguing diary entries…
A nationwide strike by tens of millions of Indian public sector workers has been hailed by union officials as “the world’s largest ever” industrial action – costing the economy up to 180bn rupees (£2bn), according to an industry group. The strike was called after talks with Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley broke down with union leaders rejecting his offer to raise the minimum wage for unskilled workers from 6,396 rupees ($96) a month to 9,100 rupees ($136).