Fairtrade Talk @ Touchstones [ 29th November 2012 ]

The Co-operative’s Greater Manchester North Membership Committee is inviting Rochdale residents to find out more about what the business does to support Fairtrade producer co-operatives across Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Co-operative’s unique sourcing policy goes beyond delivering Fairtrade premiums to suppliers, meaning the food retailer also provides additional investment to communities across the globe to help improve sanitation, productivity, education and training.

Rebecca Forecast, The Co-operative’s International Development Advisor, will be speaking about the work done with coffee producers in Colombia and Guatemala, as well as banana growers in the Dominican Republic.

In Colombia, additional support from The Co-operative is being used by the Aguadas co-operative of coffee producers to improve storage and drying facilities, thus helping to boost productivity. In Guatemala, the Fedecocagua co-operative is being supported to achieve Fairtrade certification, enabling them to expand and access new markets. And, in the Dominican Republic the retailer is working with the Banelino co-operative to fund training and improve the quality of its bananas.
Jan Hicks from the Rochdale Fairtrade Forum will also be speaking about what people in Rochdale can do to help.

The Co-operative continues to lead the way in Fairtrade, and with the support of its customers and members, its pioneering approach has helped make the UK the world’s largest Fairtrade market. As part of its ground-breaking Ethical Plan, the business has pledged that if products can be labelled Fairtrade, they will be, and aims to have achieved 90% of this by the end of 2013.

Time/Date:   29 November 2012   Thursday 7.00pm

Venue/Address:   Touchstones Rochdale The Esplanade Rochdale OL16 1AQ

Link to original rochdale online article :

http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/75367/find-out-about-fairtrade-with-the-cooperative

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1 comment
  1. I wonder how many Rochdale residents actually support Fair-trade Produce. Figures show the past twelve months a steep recline in Fair-trade Produce some producers say as much as 30-35% is being left on the shelves. No doubt due to high cost of said same goods. Yesterday 23/11/2002 Fair-trade Coffee was nearly twice as much as the normal coffee, Bananas 1 kg fyffes 69p 1Kg Fair-trade £1.39

    Fair-trade is not about one banana being better then another banana or coffee is better then other coffee. All products are similarly produced in same way, including conditions and environment. Fair-trade is about and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in developing countries.

    Fair Trade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing countries. Fair Trade is about enabling communities in developing countries to improve their position and have more control over their lives..

    Having said that, with todays austerity I have no doubt people would love to support Fair-trade but logic suggests many people simply cannot afford to do so.
    In conclusion: I would asks due to cut in council services are the council supporting the Fair-trade initiatives in their schools and establishments which produce food or serve food. I very much doubt it. Again not because they don’t want to, but cost determine budgets.

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