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Get involved locally in Fairtrade Fortnight 24 Feb – 9 March

NSC News | Thursday, 9 January 2014 | Click here for original article

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fairer terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

Norma Paiva Gadea from the Union of Co-operatives Soppexxca in Nicaragua visited UK in 2012 as a guest of NSC and Equal Exchange. Norma commented: ‘I am really grateful to Soppexcca and the fair trade market as it has given me this opportunity to grow and to value myself. I also love being a coffee farmer. I feel really proud of everything I have achieved. I sell all my coffee in the international Fairtrade and organic market.’

The Fairtrade Foundation reports that the UK Fairtrade movement continues to grow – 2013 saw the UK’s 1,000th Fairtrade School and there are now more than 12,000 Fairtrade groups across the country.

The Fairtrade Foundation highlights the fact that Fairtrade means bringing about change and turning trade into a weapon to fight poverty.. To quote that most celebrated champion of individual action Nelson Mandela: ‘Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.’

This year bananas will be the focus of Fairtrade Fortnight. The Fairtrade Foundation explains: ‘Bananas have been at the heart of Fairtrade since they appeared on our shelves 13 years ago. Together we’ve achieved a huge amount, with over 1.2 billion Fairtrade bananas now sold in the UK each year. But with still only 1 in 3 bananas in British shops sold as Fairtrade we still have a long way to go. Despite our achievements, there remains a serious problem at the heart of the banana business.’

Fairtrade Fortnight will see the launch of a special campaign that aims to transform the banana industry to ensure those at the sharp end of the supply chain, the millions of struggling banana farmers and workers, get a fair deal. It’s a campaign to make bananas fair and is the next part of our three year initiative to Make Food Fair.’