This is a Fairtrade renewal year for Guernsey, and we need your help to reach more islanders with the Fairtrade message and show them the power they have as consumers and active citizens.
Through various events, we’ll be telling the stories of Fairtrade cocoa farmers and explaining the different that only Fairtrade makes to women like Therese and Edith.
Receiving the Fairtrade Minimum Price and Premium has enabled Therese to send her children to school and give them opportunities she did not have. For Edith, being a Fairtrade certified farmer, has enabled her to access training and empowered her to diversify her income to bring in more money for her and her family.
Only Fairtrade is fighting for cocoa farmers to earn the living incomes they deserve as well as supporting these women to raise their voices and bring positive change to their families and communities.
We need your help to share their stories and show the demand for chocolate made by companies doing business differently. You could hold a storytelling session in your workplace, school or church, take part in our plans to spread their stories across the island by hiding some ‘storybombs’ for people to find, or display some posters where staff and the public can see them.
There’s still time to order resources directly from the Fairtrade Foundation or get in touch with the Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group via firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can help.
The Campaigner Action Guide plus ideas for how your business or community organisation can get involved are available to download from the Fairtrade Fortnight website.
We’d love to hear what you’re planning for this Fairtrade Fortnight so hit reply and let us know!
Don’t forget to look out for details of our plans at https://www.facebook.com/FairtradeGuernsey/.
We hope to see you at some of our events!
Thank you for your support.
Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group
It’s farmers like Ebrottie in Cote d’Ivoire, Zeddy in Kenya and Theresa in Nicaragua who are already experiencing the effects, leaving them working longer, for less, and damaging their community.
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Planning a wedding? Don’t forget, Ray & Scott on the Bridge, St Sampson’s and Wink Jewellers, High Street, St Peter Port stock a lovely range of Fairtrade gold including wedding bands. Make your day memorable and help poor farmers and producers at the same time. And, don’t forget Fairtrade flowers, Fairtrade wine, chocolate and Fairtrade favours!
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.
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!