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What does Fairtrade mean for small scale farmers?

NSC News | Friday, 14 February 2020 |

Fairtrade means more resources to empower women and promote gender equality

Fairtrade means more resources to empower women and promote gender equality

Nicaraguan Fairtrade coffee producer Gloria Talavera González will be visiting London 20 – 22 February as a guest of the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign.

Gloria will then go to Bristol for a two week programme organised by Bristol Link with Nicaragua ad Bristol and South Glos Fairtrade Network.

Gloria belongs to the Union of Agricultural Co-operatives (UCA) SOPPEXCCA which has 650 members producing Fairtrade coffee for export and organic cacao, fruit and vegetables for local consumption. They sell their fruit and vegetables on a stall in the local town.

During her stay Gloria will be talking to a wide variety of groups about her life as a farmer, the challenges she faces particularly as a consequence of the climate emergency…and what Fairtrade means to SOPPEXCCA’s farmers.

Gloria’s visit is part of Fairtrade Fortnight 24 February – 9 March.

Gloria will be speaking about ‘The Role of Fairtrade in Sustainability’ at an event on Thursday 20 February, 3-4pm. Camden Council, 5 St Pancras Sq, London N1C 4AG

For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fairtrade-and-sustainability-a-farmers-view-tickets-94641610605

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For SOPPEXCCA farmers Fairtrade means….

Strengthening the position of small farmers in a globalised world where well powerful, well resourced transnational companies present such a threat.

Access to markets at a guaranteed price with an added premium to invest in social and environmental programmes

Greater resources to protect the environment and diversify crops

Strengthened organisational capacity to build social and environmental sustainability in the face of the climate crisis

Solidarity within co-operatives, within communities and between producers and consumers

More resources to empower women and build gender equality.

Investment in programmes to integrate young farmers into the co-operative.