Voices from the farm
The Fairtrade farmers and workers on the front line of the climate crisis talk about what it takes to grow so much of the food we all depend on. You’ll hear about their daily challenges – and what being part of Fairtrade means for their families and communities…
FARMERS Biting back at the climate crisis with Fairtrade Cocoa
At the end of 2020, Hurricanes Eta and Iota swept through Honduras leaving destruction and heartbreak in their wake. But the hurricanes won’t be the first time the enterprising cocoa and coffee farmers have fought back against the climate crisis.
Better in a bunch: Fairtrade banana farmers weathering the storm together
If you live in the Caribbean, you know cyclones and storms. For banana farmers, who rely on their crops for their income, to have their farms flattened by the storms can be devastating. Find out how farmers in the Dominican Republic have used their Fairtrade Premium to develop a disaster recovery fund to help out members, should the worst happen.
The Fairtrade coffee farmers learning to live with climate change
In the coffee-growing regions of East Africa, the weather has changed dramatically in recent times. The farmers are just about surviving, but there’s no money left over to invest in anything that would help protect from these shocks. That’s where Fairtrade’s Climate Academy comes in.
Virtual tour of Hadeel craft workshop in Gaza
Let Hadeel take you to Palestine! In this, the first of a fortnightly series, you will be shown around the workshop of the Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children in Gaza. The talented crafters will tell their stories, answer your questions and demonstrate their skills LIVE for you. This event is sponsored by Edinburgh Fairtrade City.
A conversation with olive farmer Haj Rafeeq Hussein
Join Haj Rafeeq Hussein, a Fairtrade olive farmer from the ancient village of Ti’innik, perched high on a terraced hill in Palestine’s West Bank. He will talk about how climate change brings uncertainty to the seasonal rainfall patterns which are crucial for a good crop and how Fairtrade offers a safety net.
Cost: Free or £5 with a bag of Jenipher's coffee
Climate Change Coffee Morning with Jenipher / Bore Coffi Newid yn yr Hinsaw
Host: Fair Trade Wales
Join us for a cuppa and a chat about climate change with a video message from Jenipher, a Fairtrade coffee farmer in Uganda. Jenipher’s Coffi is a new coffee, produced to Fairtrade and Organic standards by farmers on the slopes of Mt Elgon in Uganda and roasted by hand in Wales.
Wake Up and Taste the Coffee
You are invited to Scotland’s big climate justice coffee morning this Fairtrade Fortnight. This is a coffee morning with a twist. With the climate crisis looming large and Fairtrade farmers continuing to tell us climate change is one of their biggest challenges right now, we urge you to join us to hear directly from those immediately affected by the crisis. Our guests will be from the Sholi Fairtrade Coffee Cooperative in Rwanda.
In discussion with Fairtrade farmers
Host: Fairtrade Foundation
Patrick Kaberia and Bernard Njoroge, two Kenyan Fairtrade farmers on the front line of the climate crisis, join us on Zoom for a conversation with Fairtrade Foundation CEO Michael Gidney.
Climate, Fairtrade School Uniform and Your School
Join this free session to discover how embracing Fairtrade school uniform can support global citizenship education at your school. We will be joined by CEO of the Koolskools Fairtrade-licensed factory, Dibella, in India.
Meet Alice and Agyin, Fairtrade cocoa farmers from Ghana
Host: Divine Chocolate
Join Divine Chocolate on Thursday 4 March to meet Alice and Agyin, live from a cocoa farm in Ghana. Hear about their lives, how climate change is impacting their ability to farm and how Fairtrade is supporting them in mitigating the effects of changing and unpredictable weather patterns. You will also have the opportunity to ask them questions.
Nicaragua: Fairtrade, Hurricanes and Climate Justice
In November, two hurricanes of unprecedented strength struck Nicaragua, a consequence of the climate crisis. Small-scale producers such as those from SOPPEXCCA, suffered the consequences of climate extremes for which they are least responsible.
Join our webinar to find out about the impact of the hurricanes on the livelihoods of the producers, how trade justice through Fairtrade helped to mitigate the impact, and why trade and climate justice are inseparable.
Fairtrade in a time of COVID-19
Join us for a live linkup to find out how Fairtrade producers in East and West Africa are coping with COVID-19 and creating change for women. As part of York International Women’s Week Festival, York Fair Trade Forum and Shared Interest bring you a unique opportunity to hear directly from people working with Fairtrade farmers and workers in Kenya and Ghana.
Virtual tour of Hadeel craft workshop in Bethlehem
Let Hadeel take you to Palestine! In this, the second of a fortnightly series, you will be shown around the workshop of the Bethlehem Arab Women’s Union. The talented crafters will tell their stories, answer your questions and demonstrate their skills LIVE for you. This event is sponsored by Edinburgh Fairtrade City.
Bernard Njoroge, Senior Programme Officer at Fairtrade Africa and Coffee Farmer, talks about the unprecedented weather conditions hitting farms in Kenya, affecting the quantity and quality of the coffee crops. When the crop is damaged, farmers and their families are often unable to afford three meals a day. Bernard describes how the Climate Academy project supports farmers to build resilience.
Adjoa Andoh, Fairtrade Patron, talks about how the climate crisis has affected farmers in Honduras and describes how one group of farmers, led by pioneering women, have fought back.
If you live in the Caribbean, you know cyclones and storms. For banana farmers, who rely on their crops for their income, to have their farms flattened by the storms can be devastating. Hear from farmers in the Dominican Republic who have used their Fairtrade Premium to develop a disaster recovery fund to help out members, should the worst happen.
Ebrottié Tanoh Florentin, a Fairtrade Cocoa Farmer in Côte d’Ivoire, is already facing the effects of climate change. Rising temperatures and unusual rainfall patterns have hit cocoa farming families hard. Listen to him speak about the difficulties faced by cocoa farmers and the benefits of Fairtrade training.
Marike de Peña, Managing Director of a smallholder banana co-operative called Banelino in the Dominican Republic, describes farming communities in crisis due to low commodity prices and climate change. But there is hope through the support of Fairtrade.
DS Preetham, Fairtrade Officer at the United Nilgiri Tea Estate Company Ltd in India, explains that extreme weather conditions in recent years impacts the quantity and quality of tea produced. Hear why organic farming, for them, is the best option to mitigate climate change.
Meet Patrick, a Fairtrade tea farmer from Kenya. He explains how the climate emergency has affected their livelihood and how the Fairtrade Premium has helped his community to adapt.
Segundo Guerrero with son Hugo Guerrero talk about the increase in pests and diseases that affect their coffee farms. Hugo, an expert in organic coffee production, explains how he is experimenting with agroforestry, soil management and different crop varieties to cope with the climate crisis.
Millions of people across the globe who provide us with our food and fashion are on the front line of the climate emergency. They’re trapped in an unfair trading system that will only drive us further into crisis. Hear from the Fairtrade farmers and workers who are fighting back, demanding trade that will create a sustainable future for people and planet.
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