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Nicaraguan Fairtrade speaker to visit UK

NSC News | Friday, 20 January 2017 |

Fairtrade producer Maria Mendoza, member of Cecocafen

Fairtrade producer Maria Mendoza, member of Cecocafen

Nicaraguan speaker on Fairtrade & Climate Justice to visit UK

The annual Fairtrade Fortnight will take from 27 February – 12 March. Hundreds of businesses, schools, faith organisations, and other local activists will be organising events across the UK.

The theme this year will be ‘It’s time to put Fairtrade into your break’. For further information see http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/get-involved/current-campaigns/fairtrade-fortnight

With all the uncertainties of climate change compounded by Brexit and Trump, it is all the more important that our solidarity with small scale farmers is not only continued but also strengthened.

As part of NSC’s work on climate justice and Fairtrade, Santiago Dolmus from Cecocafen, (Central Association of Northern Coffee Cooperatives) http://www.cecocafen.com.ni/ will be doing a speaker tour of the UK during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Cecocafen was founded in 1997 with  500 small producer members in the Matagalpa region. They now have 2,400 members organised into twelve community based co-operatives.  They have been selling their Fairtrade coffee in the UK through Cafedirect since 2002. http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/buying-fairtrade/coffee/cafe-direct

Nicaraguan farmers are already suffering severely from the consequences of climate change: erratic, unpredictable weather patterns with more frequent drought, floods, and hurricanes.

As in other areas around the world, coffee is no longer viable at lower altitudes due to climate change so many farmers are converting to cocoa production.

During his speaker tour Santiago will highlight the importance of Fairtrade and give examples of mitigation and adaptation programmes to counter the impact of climate change.

NSC briefing on Nicaragua, global warming and climate justice includes a case study illustrating the impact of climate change on small scale farmers.