What Fairtrade is Fighting to Change
The Difference Fairtrade Makes
MAYBE THIS MORNING YOU ENJOYED Bananas from Colombia, Coffee from Kenya, Cocoa from Cote d'Ivoire or Tea from India?
Find out how buying Fairtrade products for breakfast can help ensure the farmers and workers that put food our our table can feed their families.
‘We experienced very difficult times when we weren't in Fairtrade… the banana business barely provided enough for basic meals. It was very worrying to have children and know you couldn't provide the opportunity for the life they deserve. Being in Fairtrade makes me very happy, knowing that there are opportunities to achieve some of the goals I had planned.’Foncho Cantillo, banana farmer, Colombia
Luz Marina, part of a Fairtrade coffee co-operative in Colombia, runs training for women like Ana Lucia to support them to grow other food and to set up small businesses in rearing chickens on their coffee farms. This not only improves the diversity of food and income available for the family but also boosts women’s self-esteem and keeps alive ingenious traditions
‘We learned a lot with the trainings. We started with the vegetable kitchen garden, which we didn’t have before … we sell 3 or 4 chickens and with that money we can buy rice…or whatever we need at home.’Ana Lucia Taba, participant of a Premium-funded women’s programme in Colombia. Pictured with Luz Marina García Ruíz.
Fairtrade Africa is working with a group of other organisations to improve food security and empower women in cocoa farming communities in Ghana. A new project is being launched to support farmers to also grow yams, to give them another source of income as well as a crop they can eat. This project aims to benefit up to 3,500 farmers, traders and entrepreneurs, including 1,150 women across the communities.
Tsala Mwale received subsidised maize when her fellow workers at Satemwa Tea Estate in Malawi decided to use the Fairtrade Premium to support workers to purchase it at low cost during the lean seasons.
‘On a day-to-day basis, my life would have been extremely difficult without Fairtrade. Take maize which is very expensive, I could not afford to buy for my family and feed them, but the allocations from Fairtrade makes a difference.’Tsala Mwale, workerm Satemwa Tea Estate, Malawi
Help farmers feed their families by pledging to buy a Fairtrade product for your breakfast, like a banana, coffee or muesli and adding it to the counter now!
If you’d like to join others for breakfast then check out the map for breakfast events in your local area. You can also organise your own public breakfast event. Host a breakfast event.
And when you’ve had your Fairtrade breakfast – at home, at an event or anywhere else – remember to…MAKE YOUR BREAKFAST COUNT
All over Britain people are sitting down to breakfast and standing up for farmers.
Let’s make sure that the people who put breakfast on our tablecan put food on their own. Sit down for breakfast and stand up for farmers
People have made their breakfast count