Meet the people at the heart of Fairtrade - the Fairtrade farmers and workers. The people behind some of our favourite food and drinks.
In the words of Fairtrade banana farmer Diomedes, "Fairtrade is freedom, it's communication, it's sustainability, it's empowerment, it's everything for us in a world that's so competitive". Meet the people you're standing with to fight exploitation because that's what this is all about - the people who grow our food and deserve a fair price. Come on in and hear their stories. Watch this space as more farmer videos will be added during Fairtrade Fortnight.
Meet Florentina Beita, a founding member of Coobana, a Fairtrade certified banana co-operative based in Panama. Florentina is also a board member of the Agrofair, the biggest Fairtrade banana trader in Latin America.
Father John Joseph
Father John Joseph is a farmer, ordained Catholic priest and qualified lawyer with over 20 years of experience working with marginalised and rural communities in India, particularly small scale farmers, tribes, women and children. He founded WSSS Organc Farmers Fairtrade Association (WOFFA) in 2008, listen to their story.
As a widow and a mother of three, Rosemary Achieng is all too aware of the challenges women face in balancing the demands of work and family. Here she speaks about how the Gender Committee changed her life and that of the women in her community.
You can read more about Rosemary's story and how she, supported by Fairtrade, is helping to reduce gender inequality in the workplace in this blog:
Meet Rosemary Achieng
Farmer, board member of the Palestine Fairtrade Association and mother of four, Bassema Barahmeh is an expert in hand-rolling maftoul and producing organic olive oil. "It has given me independence and raised my morale. My life has transformed".
Meet Gilbert Ramirez, a sugar farmer and the co-coordinator for sugar for the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers and Workers (CLAC).
Meet Patrick, a Fairtrade tea farmer from Kenya. He explains how climate change has affected their livelihood and how the Fairtrade premium has helped his community to adapt.
Ketra Kyosiimire is an accountant and a farmer from Uganda. She explains how Fairtrade has empowered her and her community.
Meet Diomides Rodriguez, who is in charge of agricultural management in Fairtrade certified banana co-operative Coobana. Find out what Fairtrade means to him.
Meet Chito Quintero, a founding member of Coobana, a Fairtrade certified banana co-operative based in Panama. Chito was one of 74 plantation workers who came together to purchase the land they were farming from a multi-national banana company to form Coobana in 1991.
Lebi Gabriel Hudson
Lebi is CEO of Fairtrade certified Rungwe Smallholders Tea Growers Association in Tanzania. He explains what Fairtrade means to him and his community.
Meet Marcial Quintero, a founding member of Coobana, a Fairtrade certified banana co-operative based in Panama. Marcial was one of 74 plantation workers who came together to purchase the land they were farming from a multi-national banana company to form Coobana in 1991.
Meet Samuel Maina, a Fairtrade coffee farmer in the Kangema district of Kenya. Every day he tends the 168 coffee trees planted by his father years ago. He picks all the berries by hand. What happens to the berries once picked? What are the challenges? How does Fairtrade help? What are Samuel's tips for growing good coffee? Find out when you watch this film.
It is a 360 film so use your mouse (finger on touch screen) to explore Samuel's farm. If you have some, use virtual reality googles to feel like you're there on the farm with Samuel and Esther. Teachers and campaigners can download this film from our Vimeo page.
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