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Nicaraguan Fairtrade farmers in UK for Fairtrade Fortnight

NSC News | Tuesday, 28 February 2017 |

Don’t feed exploitation – choose Fairtrade because farmers deserve a fair deal! Fairtrade Fortnight is taking place 27 February until 12 March

‘For us fair trade means conserving and improving our land, it means looking after the environment, it also means education for our children and access to health care for our families…it means better opportunities above all for women, opportunities to organise and take decisions. Fair trade means that producers and consumers work together for a better life. Fair trade is much more than just a question of money.’ Blanca Rosa Molina, CECOCAFEN

Santiago Dolmus from CECOCAFEN, based in Matagalpa, northern Nicaragua, has 2,600 farmers members organised into 12 community based co-operatives growing Fairtrade coffee and crops for the local markets.

Santiago will be visiting London, Portsmouth and Oxford from 1-12 March. During the visit he will talking about the impact of climate change, mitigation and adaptation programmes, and why Fairtrade is so critical.

Maura Jarquin is a Fairtrade coffee grower from SOPPEXCCA, Maura is in Bristol for Fairtrade Fortnight. Currently she is converting part of her farm to cocoa production because of the impact of climate change. Maura is part of the board of directors of her cooperative, and her work focuses on supporting the cooperatives’s education programme.

Santiago and Maura will be speaking at the following events:

Monday 6 March: Portsmouth, Coffee, Climate and Fairtrade, 7 – 9pm The Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth, Winston Churchill Ave, P01 2JD. Santiago will be speaking. Free entry, Stalls, refreshments. Organised by Portsmouth Fairtrade Group.


Wednesday 8 March: Bristol, Fairtrade, Expresso coffee and Chocolate evening, with Maura Jarquin doing a Q&A about women and Fairtrade farming. 6.00 – 7.15pm, Better Food, 1-5 Gaol Ferry Steps, Wapping Wharf, BS1 6WE https://www.facebook.com/events/252397025204102/

Thursday 9 March: Oxford, Santiago will be speaking at a Fairtrade event. 7.30pm, Oxford Town Hall. https://oxfairtrade.wordpress.com/