Tackling climate change is at the heart of the fair trade movement, as it threatens the livelihoods of those we are working to protect.
Fairtrade farmers are among the people who have contributed the least to the climate crisis but are already considerably affected; studies show Africa is the continent most vulnerable to climate change. It takes 21 people from Cote d’Ivoire to have the same carbon footprint as one person in the UK. Farmers rely on the land they farm for their livelihoods and yet, due to low incomes, those in the Global South often have lower resilience to face the impacts of climate breakdown.
Environmental protection is deeply ingrained in Fairtrade. 2.38 million hectares of farmland are protected by Fairtrade climate change adaptation plans. We support farmers to combat climate change through technical advice, fairer wages, special partner supported programmes and our environmentally friendly Fairtrade Standards.
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We’ll be at Government House, Queen’s Road, St Peter Port from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. to join in acknowledging the way our Bailiwick has and continues to react to the challenges of the last months.
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Tea planting by smallholders is the source of employment for thousands in Sri Lanka and also the main form of livelihoods for tens of thousands of families. The COVID-19 pandemic has posed extreme challenges and uncertainty for entire farming communities.
In order to protect farmers, the Fairtrade SPOs in Sri Lanka have taken up various disaster relief initiatives to support its farmer members and their communities to survive through the crisis. These examples demonstrate not just the importance of Fairtrade Premium for farming communities, but also the importance of belonging to a co-operative for smallholder farmers.
Co-operative relief measures: essential food parcels, cash grants and PPE packs
MOPA, a tea SPO in Sri Lanka, has approximately 2,043 farmers and farmer families located in Kandy and Matale districts. Due to the restrictions on transportation and the shutdown of many factories to prevent the spread of the disease, the farmers are currently unable to sell their produce. The co-operative has decided to support the farmers by utilising their Premiums to provide a package of essential food items to the farmer members’ families in need. They also intend to provide good quality face masks and essential medicines to families who are finding it difficult to obtain them from normal sources.
Sustainable Agri Farm Enterprises Network (SAFENet), a spice and coconut producer from the region, are unable to sell their produce at this time, as factories continue to remain closed due to the national curfew. Samaranayake, a coconut farmer, has 50,000 de-husked coconuts that he is unable to sell, which are now getting spoiled. As a measure to provide immediate relief, SAFENet has decided to provide each of their farmer families with a cash grant to meet their essential food and medication needs, from the Fairtrade Premium they have at their disposal. The members are instructed to maintain all relevant records of disbursements and bills/receipts, to ensure accountability and effective use of the Premium funds.
Seemasahitha Countrywide Wagakaruwange Samithiya, a fresh fruit, coconut, and spice producer, has also provided roughly five hundred relief packs to its smallholder farmer members.
FAIRTRADE AND CLIMATE JUSTICE
Millions of people across the globe who provide us with our food and fashion are on the front line of the climate emergency. They’re trapped in an unfair trading system that will only drive us further into crisis.
But crucially, together, we can still win a better future.
Fairtrade farmers and workers are fighting back demanding trade that will create a sustainable future for people and planet, and using sustainable farming techniques in line with our Fairtrade Standards.
They are already taking steps to tackle climate change. Will you join them? Add you name to stand with farmers and show businesses and the government in this country we will not accept inaction.
Sign to join the Fairtrade fight against the climate crisis
AGM – Thursday 16th July at 6.30pm at Moores Hotel, followed by a Steering Group meeting at 7pm, followed by dinner for those who wish/are able to to stay.
All welcome. If you’d like to enjoy the meal please email: email@example.com by Tuesday 7th July at the latest and we can show you the menus.
If you have a concern for farmers and their communities in the developing world, a desire to see Guernsey grow its support and an enthusiasm to help, you and your friends are very welcome.