Are you passionate about trade justice, environmental protection and Guernsey’s contribution to these two global issues? Then come along to the Fairtrade Steering Group meeting on Thursday 1st October, 7.30pm at Capelles Community Centre. Amongst other things we’ll be planning activities for Fairtrade Fortnight in Feb/Mar 2021 – which will coincide with Guernsey’s 15th anniversary as a Fairtrade Island. We’d love to see some new faces! Feel free to message us if you’d like some more info.
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.
Look forward to seeing you there!
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.
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.
Thursday 18 June 2020, 11.00 a.m. @ The Tearoom, Sausmarez Manor, St Martin’s.
The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature.
Yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message:
To care for ourselves we must care for nature.
It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices.
It’s time to build back better for People and Planet.
This World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature.
In the face of the global Coronavirus crisis, farmers and workers are playing a vital – but too often forgotten – role.
So this World Fair Trade Day, we’re celebrating their hard work. Join us in sending a big thank you to those keeping food on our plates.
Fairtrade farmers and workers are keeping shelves stocked around the world, but even more importantly they’re working to keep their own communities safe.
From preparing emergency food parcels to producing PPE, Fairtrade producers are helping some of the most vulnerable communities in the world get through this crisis.
Share their stories this World Fair Trade Day to thank them for their amazing efforts. Let’s make sure everyone appreciates these key workers beyond our borders.
This week, your Home Learning Challenge is to learn more about the farmers behind your cuppa. Join Tayna on her ‘Next Fairtrade Adventure’ to learn more about the effects of climate change on tea farming and how Fairtrade can tackle some of these effects.
Our AGM on 24th March has been postponed in line with current advice on social distancing. A new date will be advertised once it is considered safe to meet. In the meantime we look forward to sharing some good news about Guernsey’s Fairtrade Island status. Watch this space and thanks again for your continued support.
Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group
on Tuesday 24th March from 7.30pm in the Writing Room at Moore’s Hotel.
2. Approval of the minutes of the last AGM on 5th March 2019
3. Presentation of Chairman’s report
4. Presentation of Treasurer’s report and approval of financial statements
5. Presentation and approval of new constitution
6. Election of Officers
Everyone interested in working to make our world a fairer place very welcome.