Liberation, with the support of its customers, has donated £3,000 to the Fair Trade Alliance of Kerala (FTAK) to help rebuild farms after last year’s destructive floods. The donation was made in time for the annual seed festival which started today.
The floods last August wiped away plants, livestock and structures such as fences. It was devastating for thousands of people and will take years to rebuild. Liberation is committed to supporting FTAK and its members and is extremely grateful to customers for offering donations like this. They truly make a significant difference.
FTAK is made up of around 5,000 smallholder farmers that collectively aim to bring back traditional farming methods to the region. The money donated will go directly to FTAK farmers to buy seeds and saplings during Seedfest. To fit with the cooperative’s mission, all seeds at the event are organic.
Seedfest is a conservation festival for farmers to exchange a wide range of indigenous seeds. Planting materials, livestock and wild trees are also available. The event aims to promote plants that are risk of extinction. It also celebrates the tradition of sharing produce to meet the needs of the community.
Farmers have been seeing the effects of climate change for years – with less predictable weather patterns and more rain during the monsoons. Adapting farming practices to more traditional, organic methods and planting native species helps to protect against climate change.
FTAK is in a beautiful mountainous region of Kerala called the Western Ghats. It’s a world heritage site and one of the top ten biodiversity hotspots on the planet. As such, it’s important to protect the ecosystem.
Seedfest has been running since 2011 and is FTAK’s flagship event. It encourages farmers to support each other by sharing produce and seeds. This helps create food security in the local community and is an important event in the local farming calendar.