Our AGM will take place on Thursday 20th May at 6.30 pm, in the Writing Room upstairs at Moores Hotel and a table is booked for dinner afterwards at JB Parker’s. As usual, both the AGM and the dinner are open to partners, friends and other interested parties.
It’s so important our Fairtrade community speaks up in conversations about how to tackle the climate crisis.
Because the people behind our foods and goods can and must be part of building the fairer, greener, low-carbon world we all want.
But centuries of unfair trade means governments and businesses in countries like the UK need to make major financial commitments now, so farmers and workers can earn enough to take on the climate crisis they face, and build a sustainable future for their communities.
As hosts of the G7 summit in June and the COP 26 climate summit this Autumn, the UK has the chance to lead the world this year. To convince the world’s wealthiest nations that it’s time to take responsibility for the climate crisis they have largely caused, and that those farmers and workers living with the consequences of climate change must have the power to shape a better future.
Fashion Revolution week happens every year in the week surrounding the 24th of April.
This Fairtrade Fortnight (22nd Feb to 7th Mar), Fairtrade Guernsey is running the following events:
‘Choose the World you Want’ creative competition for all school-age children, deadline Friday 26th Feb
Throughout the whole Fortnight – Big Fairtrade Lockdown Breakfast. Treat yourself to a special breakfast at home with family or have a business breakfast online with work colleagues. There is a Fairtrade hamper to be won for the best picture posted on Facebook.
Sat 27th Feb from 7.45pm – Fairtrade Virtual Quiz (see Facebook page for joining instructions)
Sat 6th March at 10am – climate themed virtual story time with the Guille-Allès children’s library
To find out more about all these events and how to take part, visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FairtradeGuernsey
…..and our Annual Fairtrade Quiz will hopefully be held this Autumn.
Here is the Fairtrade Foundation’s pick of 14 ethical Fairtrade coffees, tried and tested and chosen for their people-friendly and eco-friendly credentials.
These coffees are ethical in a number of ways, but even being Fairtrade is enough for them to rightly claim ethical status. Being part of the Fairtrade system means that farmers are better protected against low and unpredictable incomes, it means they are paid a fair price and it means improved knowledge of sustainable farming practices, all of which make them better able to protect the local environment and address the challenges of the climate crisis.
When you choose Fairtrade, you are helping to protect people and planet. Start your day with one of these coffees and you’ll be starting the day right. Now, some may only be available in the UK, but that’s no excuse, shops in the Bailiwick have more than enough Fairtrade choice! ENJOY!
or check out our Suppliers tab for local info.
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.