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Co-op has promised to source 100 per cent of its cocoa from Fairtrade farmers.

From next month all of the cocoa that Co-op buys for its own-brand products will be Fairtrade!

That’s right, when you buy any Co-op product with cocoa in it, you’ll know that farmers are getting a fairer, sweeter deal.

With many cocoa farmers experiencing an increasingly tough time, this couldn’t come at a better moment.

In west Africa, where most of the world’s cocoa is grown, many farmers are earning less than £1 a day and are struggling to provide for their families. At the same time climate change is causing rising temperatures and unpredictable rainfall, making it even more challenging for them to grow high quality cocoa.

But thanks to Co-op’s new commitment thousands of farmers can now look forward to a brighter, more secure future. They’ll receive an extra £350,000 a year in Fairtrade Premium to invest in their farms and communities, for example in training to help them better care for their cocoa trees and adapt to climate change.

This has been made possible through the Fairtrade Sourcing Programme introduced in 2014 to enable farmers to sell more of their produce on Fairtrade terms. Now Co-op can buy over five times the amount of Fairtrade cocoa than it did before.

Co-op have been a long-standing champion of Fairtrade. They’re the only UK retailer to only sell Fairtrade own-brand chocolate bars and all their own ranges of tea, coffee, bagged sugar, bananas and roses are Fairtrade too. And to top it off, they’re also the world’s largest seller of Fairtrade wine. Cheers to that!

Brad Hill, Co-op’s Fairtrade Strategy Manager sums it up best, ‘We know that Fairtrade has the ability to change lives. Our commitment offers huge support to cocoa farmers and reaffirms that there is a positive future for them, their families and communities.’

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It’s Easter, which for many means celebrating by sharing chocolate!

We love the sweet stuff but there’s something that might leave a bitter taste.

There’s currently a surplus of cocoa. That’s good for chocolate lovers, but bad news for farmers, as prices have plummeted. That means they get paid less for their hard work, which makes life harder. The average cocoa farmer in Côte d’Ivoire already lives on less than £1 a day. It’s no surprise that there aren’t enough young people going into cocoa farming. That could mean no one to take over from the current generation. If that happens we’ll go from too much cocoa to not enough!

Imagine a world without chocolate. Watch this film to see our take on it.

But there’s something you can do. Choose a Fairtrade chocolate egg this Easter and you’ll know that the farmers who grew the cocoa in it received a fairer deal for their hard work. They can also get training and better equipment so they can grow more, sell more and earn more.

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Hautes Capelles School Fairtrade Cake Baking

 

 Amanda Evans and Ann Battye, members of the Guernsey Fairtrade steering group, visited Hautes Capelles Primary school on 8th March 2017 to help out with some Fairtrade activities. All the pupils in Year 6 were involved in cooking muffins (either Fairtrade banana, honey & oats, Fairtrade chocolate & orange or Fairtrade white chocolate and blueberries). Others pupils made a Fairtrade fridge cake and some also made Fairtrade crispy rice nests. When they weren’t cooking, the pupils were busy playing the Fairtrade ‘Breaks and Ladders’ game and creating Fairtrade recipes and artwork. A big thank-you to all the staff and pupils at Hautes Capelles for their support and also to the Channel Islands co-op, who provided vouchers to buy all the cooking ingredients.

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Fairtrade empowers women farmers

Fairtrade has empowered women farmers like Kabore Christine, a mango farmer from Burkina Faso in West Africa. After fleeing war in Côte d’Ivoire, many women in her community were left widowed and homeless. Kabore Christine now looks after 15 children, including eight of her own. Together, the women in her co-operative are rebuilding their lives.

Since becoming Fairtrade certified, Kabore Christine and farmers in a number of other co-operatives have used their Fairtrade Premium to improve their communities. They have provided women farmers with loans for bicycles so they can get to work and for gas cookers for their homes. The co-operatives have also invested in healthcare centres, adult literacy classes and a crèche.
So, when you pick up your dried mango in your local F
airtrade store, you could be eating fruit grown by Kabore Christine. Just pop into a store near you and see for yourself just how many delicious Fairtrade products there are.

 

Fairtrade Fortnight News

Choosing Fairtrade Tea means investment in social projects……

With Fairtrade, tea producers also receive the Fairtrade Premium of $0.50 for every kilo of tea sold. In 2015, tea farmers and estate workers earned more than $6.3m in Premiums, which they invested mainly in social projects, such as education, healthcare, and infrastructure.

Teresa Kurgat, 47, tea farmer who has directly benefited from a water tank project that now supplies piped water to her house. Her pipe also supports water access for a local primary school.

For example, Maheve Secondary School, 520 students, has benefited from the Fairtrade Premium from Kibena Tea Estate in Tanzania, which has built four classrooms, two laboratories, two staff quarters and two hostels that house 120 students.