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TILIMUQUI ORGANIC FAIRTRADE MALBEC
Tilimuqui Organic Fairtrade Malbec from Argentina is a rich red with a spicy complex finish.

Grown in high alititude vineyards in north Argentina where arid soils create super-ripe grapes. This is an intensely rich red wine that is also organic and vegan friendly.

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Christmas wishes…….

We wish you A Very Happy Christmas.

Thank you for supporting Fairtrade and please look out for even more Fairtrade products in the Bailiwick of Guernsey next year.

 

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How Fairtrade farmers in Ghana are responding to climate change……

This week has seen the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) take place in Egypt. Fairtrade farmers were there to tell world leaders to act now to support those most affected by climate change around the world.

Farmers in Ghana are responding to climate change, with support from Fairtrade. The following newsround article features the Sankofa project in Ghana.

Sankofa means to “go back, look for, and gain wisdom, power and hope” in Ghanaian Akan language. The project supports farmers to develop ways to protect their farms from the effects of climate change, such as rising temperatures and unpredictable rainfall, which devastate cocoa farms.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/63454245

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The clock is ticking…….

The clock is ticking ………..

That’s the message Fairtrade farmers are taking to the COP27 UN climate summit in Cairo next week. Climate change is threatening the immediate future of their communities, and the food they produce.

Why it is important Fairtrade farmers are heard at COP27.
So many Fairtrade farmers are already taking on the climate crisis. They are planting trees, sharing knowledge on climate-smart farming techniques and protecting local biodiversity.

“We are near the Bwindi National Park… workers have been trained to conserve this area of high value eco-system.” Jothan Musinguzi, Kayonza Growers in Uganda, explains how Fairtrade tea growers protect local biodiversity.

This work is vital in building a greener, fairer future for food. But it costs money.

Unfair trade and the failure of wealthy nations to deliver on climate funding promises has left millions in low-income countries unable to adapt to climate change, or pay for essentials like medicine, clean water and education.

At COP27, Fairtrade farmers will tell politicians and businesses this needs to change urgently.

Farmers from Asia, Africa and Latin America will urge leaders of the wealthy nations most responsible for climate change to, at a minimum, deliver on a decades-old unfulfilled promise. A promise to make $100 billion of annual funding available for communities in low-income countries most affected by climate change.

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WHY CHOOSE FAIRTRADE CHOCOLATE?

Five new Fairtrade chocolate bars…….

At Fairtrade, we’re all fans of chocolate.

But we know that cocoa farming can be punishing. Farmers work long, hard days – often not earning enough to live on. According to research, a typical cocoa farmer in Côte d’Ivoire earns less than $1 a day.

Added to that is the increasing impact of climate change, with unpredictable weather and new pests and diseases attacking cocoa crops.

Together with farmers and businesses, Fairtrade is working for a fairer future in chocolate.

Beatrice Boakye, cocoa farmer in Ghana, drying her cocoa beans
Beatrice Boakye, cocoa farmer in Ghana, drying her cocoa beans
Fairtrade farmers receive the Fairtrade Minimum Price for their goods, plus the Fairtrade Premium.

This extra sum of money means that not only can cocoa farmers pay for everyday necessities like healthcare, they can invest the Premium into projects to help the community or to improve biodiversity where they live.

So next time you get your chocolate fix, make sure it has the Fairtrade MARK on the label.

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How does Fairtrade pricing work?

HOW DOES FAIRTRADE PRICING WORK?
So how can Fairtrade often be cheaper but also give farmers and workers a fairer deal?

Imagine you have bought a £1 bar of supermarket (NOT Fairtrade) chocolate. Of that £1, just six pence goes to the cocoa producer.

So who did you just give 94p to? About 40p went to the chocolate company, 35p to the retailer and the rest to other parts of the supply chain.

Seen like this, it’s obvious that giving farmers and workers a better deal is not about asking you to pay a higher price. It’s about giving producers a bigger proportion of the price you already pay.

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“Being a farmer shouldn’t be a route to poverty………”

Benjamin-Francklin Kouamé, a cocoa farmer from Côte D’Ivoire has said: “Being a farmer shouldn’t be a route to poverty. My feeling is that poverty is a reason for the destruction of nature. It drives deforestation. When I am hungry I can’t think.”
Global extreme poverty, the rate of people living on less than $1.90 per day, rose in 2020 for the first time in over 20 years as the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic compounded the forces of conflict and climate change, which were already slowing poverty reduction progress. About 100 million additional people are living in poverty as a result of the pandemic. Source: World Bank 2021.
Throughout 2021 COVID-19 relief and resilience funds raised by Fairtrade as part of global advocacy efforts and existing programmes with partners continued to support producers. From variant outbreaks in different countries, unequal access to vaccines and the long-lasting economic side-effects, 2021 meant continued struggle for everyone. For those whose income relies on being able to work in fields and factories, for whom harvesting and planting seasons are bound to the laws of nature, and not lockdowns, they needed support to implement safe working conditions.
The FAIRTRADE Mark gives consumers the reassurance that farmers and workers in low-income countries are not being exploited. Through the unique combination of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and Premium producers have the means to invest in their land and the knowledge to farm both sustainably and profitably. We believe paying someone a decent return for a day’s work is more than just fairness, it should be a human right. So if you agree, join us in showing your support to producers around the globe with Fairtrade.

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Farmers overseas paying the price…..

FARMERS OVERSEAS AND CONSUMERS AT HOME COULD CARRY THE COST OF A WEAKER POUND, WARNS FAIRTRADE FOUNDATION

After the pound hit a record low against the US dollar this week, the Fairtrade Foundation is warning of the potential impact of the market volatility, both on farmers in low-income countries and the UK shoppers who buy the food they grow.

With Sterling remaining weak, the Fairtrade Foundation is concerned that the sharp currency devaluation will ‘set back’ efforts to intensify action on the climate crisis, human rights and decent pay for farmers and workers who produce food for UK markets.

Commenting, the Head of Policy at the Fairtrade Foundation, Tim Aldred, said: “The dramatic fall in the pound means more bad news for Fairtrade farmers and consumers. Additional exchange rate costs will land on fragile supply chains already struggling from the global cost of living crisis.

“Around 10-15 percent of the UK’s food comes from Africa, Asia and South America, including key products such as bananas and coffee. But many of these farmers and workers live in ‘in work poverty’, earning well below a living wage. The cost of living crisis provoked by war in Ukraine, climate damage and the continuing impact of the pandemic were already placing additional pressure on farmers.”

Mr Aldred continued: “If the end market does not absorb this new exchange rate hike, costs could be passed on to consumers or farmers. While Fairtrade farmers are protected from the worst effects through commitments to Fairtrade Minimum Price and Fairtrade Premium, they will still be hit by the overall market trend. Efforts to accelerate action towards living wages and living incomes, and to address human rights and climate challenges, will be set back.”