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Fairtrade Fortnight Finished. What next?

We hope you’ve enjoyed Fairtrade Fortnight and that if you’re not currently a regular supporter you might feel inspired to continue your support throughout the year.

Your support of farmers who toil, sweat and slog to provide us with the food on our tables has ensured that they receive a better deal, leading to a better and more stable income, helping them to break the cycle of poverty they are trapped in.

Here’s some ideas of how you can continue to support them……

Shop with the producer in mind
Make choosing Fairtrade part of your regular shopping. Look for the Fairtrade Mark and remember the benefits for the producer when you choose Fairtrade.

Spread the word
Take your Fairtrade tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits, etc. into your workplace, school, church, club. Let your friends and colleagues see that you care and encourage them to do their bit too.

Make your office / workplace Fairtrade
Since the Bailiwick of Guernsey was awarded Fairtrade Island Status in 2006 over 250 local businesses, shops, cafes, restaurants, churches, hotels and clubs have registered their support with Fairtrade Guernsey.
Try and influence decisions to support Fairtrade by converting to Fairtrade refreshments. A minimum of 4 items is all that’s required and supply is easily arranged. We’ll add your organisation to our growing list, provide you with a colourful window sticker and certificate for you to proudly display….. and there’s no fee whatsoever, just a willingness to support.

(To register go to “GET INVOLVED” “Registration”)

Think Fairtrade
Fairtrade is more than just coffee, tea, sugar, chocolate, wine, etc. There’s nearly 5,000 different items carrying the Fairtrade Mark.
Think Fairtrade Gold for wedding and engagement rings.
Think Fairtrade wine for wedding receptions and celebrations.
Think Fairtrade for Easter eggs and Advent calendars.
Think Fairtrade dried fruit, chocolate, sugar, etc. for cake baking.
Think Fairtrade for stylish cotton clothing.
Think Fairtrade marmalade, fruit juice and jam for breakfast.
Think Fairtrade and be inspired……

Campaign for Fairtrade
The Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group is a small, hardworking, friendly team who meet 4/6 times a year to plan events to further raise the profile and support of Fairtrade in the Bailiwick……..and we’re always looking for keen people to join us. If you’d like to know more, contact the Secretary, Steve Mauger on 728064 or email: stevemauger@cwgsy.net.

Thank you for showing your support for Fairtrade.

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2017……….. Show your support!

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 will run from 27 February until 12 March, when campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries. However hard they work to provide the things we depend on, millions of farmers in developing countries aren’t paid what they deserve. It’s not a new problem. We need to amplify the voices of marginalised producers as much as ever in 2017. When we come together we can change the way people think about trade and the products on our shelves.

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Fairtrade visitors from back in 2006

Pic by Daniel Guerin 05-12-05 St Peter Port Secondary School Students Kiera Nichols, Matt Le Page and Sam Crawford with Fairtrade campaigners Simeon Green and Bruce Crowther.

St Peter Port Secondary School.

Students Kiera Nichols, Matt Le Page and Sam Crawford with Fairtrade campaigners Simeon Green and Bruce Crowther.

 

 

 

 

 

Pic by Daniel Guerin 06-12-05 St Peter Port Secondary School Fairtrade food meeting with students l-r Pupil Robert Neath, Fairtrade campaigner Simeon Green, student Aaron Lamb, Fairtrade campaigner Bruce Crowther and Lloyds TSB sponsor Michael Starkey REF: 0266488.JPG

St Peter Port Secondary School.
Fairtrade food meeting with students
l-r Pupil Robert Neath, Fairtrade campaigner Simeon Green, student Aaron Lamb, Fairtrade campaigner Bruce Crowther and Lloyds TSB sponsor Michael Starkey.

 

BBC TV news reader George Alagiah –
Patron of the Fairtrade Foundation was in Guernsey to promote making the island Fairtrade.

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Fairtrade is fun!!

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By supporting growers and farmers in developing countries – through choosing and purchasing Fairtrade products in our everyday lives – we can bring smiles to the faces of millions of people who work hard and deserve a fair chance in life. A reason to be happy. A reason to celebrate – and there’s lots of superb Fairtrade products to choose from.

Smile – it’s Fairtrade!

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Fairtrade Coffee

Fairtrade coffee beans

Are you a coffee connoisseur? Or do you just not care as long as it’s strong and fair? However you like your coffee, when you choose Fairtrade you know you’re supporting the farmers who grew the beans to build a better quality of life for their families and communities. And that’s not all. Did you know that Fairtrade coffee growers invest at least 25 percent of their Fairtrade Premium* in improving the productivity of their farms and the quality of their beans? For example, Fairtrade farmers at Nicaraguan co-operative CECOCAFEN have been investing their Premium in new tools, machinery and training to grow their internationally renowned coffee. They’ve learnt how to maintain the fertility of the rich volcanic soils, and have bought new drying and milling equipment which processes their harvested coffee beans more quickly and consistently so their quality and flavour can be preserved. They’ve also put Premium funds towards their own ‘cupping’ laboratory so their coffee can be taste profiled (a bit like wine!) and sampled before export, helping them to negotiate better prices for their beans.

Ivania    Coffee farmer Ivania Calderón Peralta explains what Fairtrade means to her: ‘In Nicaragua, coffee cultivation is fundamental to the economy. ‘However, volatile coffee prices and climate change make it difficult for a smallholder coffee farmer to make a living from coffee farming. Fairtrade has changed this. ‘Because of Fairtrade the lives and futures of smallholder coffee farmers are more secure.’

There are hundreds of types of Fairtrade coffee available to buy, including beans, roast and ground, instant, and even coffee pods. Speak to your supplier and give it a try!