5 WAYS FAIRTRADE FARMERS HELP PROTECT FLORA AND FAUNA

Standard

by Heather Nicholson

Tackling climate change is at the heart of the fair trade movement, as it threatens the livelihoods of those we are working to protect.

Fairtrade farmers are among the people who have contributed the least to the climate crisis but are already considerably affected; studies show Africa is the continent most vulnerable to climate change. It takes 21 people from Cote d’Ivoire to have the same carbon footprint as one person in the UK. Farmers rely on the land they farm for their livelihoods and yet, due to low incomes, those in the Global South often have lower resilience to face the impacts of climate breakdown.

Environmental protection is deeply ingrained in Fairtrade. 2.38 million hectares of farmland are protected by Fairtrade climate change adaptation plans. We support farmers to combat climate change through technical advice, fairer wages, special partner supported programmes and our environmentally friendly Fairtrade Standards.

Here are five ways Fairtrade farmers protect the environment:

Emelia Debrah, lead farmer in the Alliances for Sankofa project in Ghana

Deforestation is mainly caused by the expansion and relocation of fields and pastures. Cutting down the world’s forests accounts for nearly 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions, putting it ahead of the world’s entire transport sector for harmful emissions. The scale of deforestation in the name of agriculture suggests that food production and forests can’t coexist. But there is a sustainable agriculture model that goes against the grain – agroforestry. This is essentially when trees are deliberately grown alongside crops and/or animals, improving nutrient and water cycling, preventing soil erosion and increasing biodiversity. Forests and trees provide a habitat for natural pollinators and stabilise soil and climate.

Fairtrade actively promotes both the protection of forests and the planting of trees. Fairtrade Standards prohibit the felling of forests with high conservation value and require farmer co-operatives to map risk areas, raise their members’ climate awareness and promote climate-friendly production methods.

KKFU, a 100,000 member Fairtrade farmer organisation in Ghana are working with Fairtrade Africa on the Sankofa project, which promotes the protection of biodiversity through planting a variety of tree and food crops to improve soil health and inset Co2 emissions. The project aims to establish dynamic agroforestry and climate smart cropping systems plots covering over 400 hectares with a high diversity of crops and timber trees, directly impacting 2,900 farmers and 13,400 household members.

2. Fairtrade farmers attend climate mitigation workshops

The Fairtrade Network of Asia and Pacific Producers (NAPP) climate school in India

The climate emergency is already having grave consequences for farming communities.

‘For us in Ecuador, climate change has led to the disappearance of native plant species. Freshwater supplies are also compromised as the glaciers up on the mountains are melting,’ says coffee farmer Fanny Yaucen.

Local Fairtrade staff in Africa, Asia and Latin America organise workshops and training for farmers on climate-friendly production practices. The aim is to identify climate actions that will also benefit the farmers; these kinds of ideas often start spreading through the grapevine.

The Fairtrade Standards include many points related to reducing climate emissions. For example, plantations must reduce the use of non-renewable energy, and small farms are guided to do the same.

3. Fairtrade farmers reduce their use of harmful pesticides

Coffee farmer Hugo Guerrero sits with his family next to coffee beans drying in the sun

Pesticides can reduce biodiversity and pollute the water and soil. Chemicals used in agriculture can also harm the health of farmers and workers, causing mild symptoms such as headaches and rashes, and long-term problems in the form of nerve diseases and liver damage. Fairtrade trains and supports farmers to reduce their use of harmful pesticides and offers training on how to adopt organic pest control and use natural fertilisers.

‘What I recommend is not to use herbicides nor insecticides, nor nematicides because they contaminate our land. And producers when they use them they too are contaminated, however they don’t realise this. We are poisoning ourselves, we are poisoning our children and we are leaving behind deteriorated land to the future generations.’ Hugo Guerrero, Coffee Farmer, Fairtrade certified co-operative Norandino, Peru.

Fairtrade recommends the use of so-called integrated pest management: the selection of appropriate varieties, cultivation methods and organic pest control. For example, in some circumstances, water can provide an effective method to remove pests. Studies show that Fairtrade has reduced the use of chemicals in many production areas. Kenyan Fairtrade roses are produced with 70% less insecticides and 75% less fungicides than average Kenyan roses. The chemical levels are the same as on Dutch flower farms. Kenyan Fairtrade flowers have a lower carbon footprint than their Dutch alternatives, even considering air transport to Europe, because the climate in Africa is ripe for growing flowers, and often in Europe the cost of recreating that environment can come at a heavy carbon footprint.

Carbon footprint isn’t the only environmental issue that is being addressed on Fairtrade flower farms. Some farms are collecting rainwater for irrigation, whilst others are using wetlands to purify the water that comes out of the greenhouses, through a series of carefully constructed and efficient pools. This not only purifies the water so that there is no water pollution, but it is cyclical; the water is re-used for watering the plants again and again.

4. Fairtrade farmers protect biodiversity

Fairtrade farmer Lucia and family farm cocoa on the edge of Gola rainforest

Biodiversity refers to the variety of living species on earth and is a prerequisite for all life. Biodiversity is threatened by the over-exploitation of natural resources, environmental toxins and climate change. Fairtrade supports 1,305 dedicated biodiversity guardians managing 2.38 million hectares of Fairtrade farmland.

Fairtrade farmers undertake a wide range of activities that support biodiversity, such as composting, reducing the use of chemicals, organic production and planting trees. Composting promotes biodiversity, as composted waste can replace artificial fertilisers. The climate also benefits as less methane-producing organic waste ends up in the landfill. The use of compost often significantly improves the soil’s nutrient levels and water retention capacity. At the same time, the farmer saves money from not having to buy artificial fertilisers. Agricultural and food waste composting are widely used by Fairtrade farmers, from Indian cotton farms and tea plantations through to Ghanaian cocoa farms and Kenyan flower plantations to Peruvian banana plantations and coffee farms.

5. Fairtrade farmers benefit from climate-focused programmes

Mulane Jabessa using her cookstove

Fairtrade runs programmes to support farmers through the climate crisis. These include the Climate Academy in Kenya (2017-2020), a training and technical support programme formed to increase the climate resilience of coffee farmers. In West Africa, we are looking to pilot the production of drought-resistant yams on cocoa farms to promote food security and diversification. Meanwhile, Oromia Co-operative in Ethiopia has taken part in the carbon credit initiative to purchase biogas stoves, equipping 10,000 coffee farmers with 20,000 efficient cookstoves which reduce carbon emissions by up to 70%.

When you buy Fairtrade products, you are supporting farmers to become more resilient in the face of the climate crisis.

What is – and who is – behind the perfect cup of coffee?

Standard

What is – and who is – behind the perfect cup of coffee?

Our free new mini-series The Filter is bringing together Fairtrade farmers and the UK’s top coffee experts to get some answers.

Sign-up today and start learning the secrets of great coffee; from top tips on brewing up at home, to how farmers’ hard work gives us those brilliant beans in the first place.

Sign up to get the filter

Hugo Guerrero, an expert Fairtrade coffee farmer, will be joining us from his Peruvian mountain farm in every episode, to share the inside track on how coffee gets from his fields to our kitchen shelves.

Fairtrade sales from his family’s coffee farm helped Hugo afford to study Agronomy at university. He’s now back on his family farm, putting the innovative, eco-friendly farming techniques he’s learned into practice. Sign-up to The Filter to find out more about his story.

And Hugo will be joined by cream of the crop UK coffee experts, from the companies behind your favourite Fairtrade drinks.

Expect top tips and tricks on getting your morning coffee just right, and exciting new ideas to mix up your caffeine routine.

You don’t need to be a coffee lover to join us. This is also a chance to hear direct from Hugo about how his community is building a sustainable, better future with Fairtrade.

And he’ll explain why Fairtrade is specially important right now, as a vital protection against the deep uncertainty brought by the Coronavirus pandemic, the climate crisis and unjustifiably low market prices.

SIGN UP TO GET THE FILTER

Hope you can join us!

Order Fair Trade Face Coverings

Standard

Scottish Fair Trade Forum July 2020

Order Fair Trade Face Coverings

“Beautifully made, nice colours and have withstood washes at 60 degrees”.

“Well worth the money”.

Based on positive feedback from our previous order of face coverings, we are considering placing another order if we receive enough expressions of interest.

Would you or your organisation be interested in buying these coverings?

info by 16th July.

Key features of these coverings:

  • Reusable and washable
  • Made of cotton
  • Made to order from off-cuts and spare material to reduce waste
  • Have two cotton layers with a built-in pocket to add a third layer made of kitchen roll or tissue
  • Three sizes available
  • The sale of these coverings supports a local business in Scotland and marginalised producers in Cambodia

Forward this to a friend.

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is a Scottish charity (SC039883), and a Company Ltd by Guarantee (SC337384).

Our mailing address is:
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum, Robertson House, 152 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4TB
Tel: +44 (0)141 353 5611

open.php?u=8e244cea8abeb68734b6b4d00&id=fce1e725d5&e=93aed1202f

Keeping food on our plates in the UK

Standard

Logo
Hi Paul,

In the face of the global Coronavirus crisis, farmers and workers are playing a vital – but too often forgotten –role.

So this World Fair Trade Day, we’re celebrating their hard work. Join us in sending a big thank you to those keeping food on our plates.

Fairtrade farmers and workers are keeping shelves stocked around the world, but even more importantly they’re working to keep their own communities safe.

How fairtrade producers are helping

From preparing emergency food parcels to producing PPE, Fairtrade producers are helping some of the most vulnerable communities in the world get through this crisis.

Share their stories this World Fair Trade Day to thank them for their amazing efforts. Let’s make sure everyone appreciates these key workers beyond our borders. Use the buttons below or forward this email to share.

So much of the brilliant work Fairtrade farmers and workers are doing right now is made possible by people like you choosing Fairtrade

When you buy Fairtrade, you help generate the Fairtrade Premium funds being used to provide vital food supplies and support public health programmes.

A co-operative in Ghana running a community support and information programme

So as we celebrate farmers and workers around the world this World Fair Trade Day, a big thanks to you as well!

Have a great World Fair Trade Day,

Stefan,

Fairtrade Foundation, Supporters’ Team

P.S. Got kids? Our Fairtrade Education team are asking our younger Fairtrade fans to draw their own thank you card for farmers and workers. Check out our Twitter page on how to get involved.

Fairtrade Foundation, 5.7 The Loom, 14 Gower’s Walk, London, E1 8PY

We are a registered charity in England and Wales (no 1043886) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England (no 2733136).

supporter

THIS EASTER WILL BE DIFFERENT

Standard

The Easter holiday is usually a time for coming together. This year will seem a bit different for all of us.

But around the world the Fairtrade movement has been coming together. Not physically, but to support one another and our communities as we face the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before we share a few inspiring examples of how that’s happening around the world, a quick reminder that we’d love to hear your thoughts on this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight. If you haven’t already, please fill in our quick survey to let us know what you thought.

FAIRTRADE – THE CLIMATE DEBATE – WHAT’S MISSING?

Standard

This year, world leaders are arriving in the UK for a major UN Climate Conference. So this is our chance to tell them to listen to farmers and workers on the front-line of the climate crisis.

Sign THE FAIRTRADE CLIMATE PLEDGE

Politicians will only make the right decisions if they start listening to those feeling the worst effects of the climate crisis already. And recognise that only by giving everyone a fair chance to escape poverty can we build a truly sustainable world.

Will you add your name to those standing with farmers and workers?

We’re campaigning on Fairtrade and Climate Justice because Fairtrade producers are telling us this is a top priority for them. Although they did very little to cause the climate crisis, they are getting hit the hardest.

After you sign the pledge on standing with Fairtrade farmers, you’ll find more information about how Fairtrade is tackling climate change, and other ways you can get involved. You can also read more on our website.

Show the Love for Fairtrade

Because we recognise tackling the climate crisis is critical for Fairtrade farmers and workers, we are proud members of the Climate Coalition.

Every February, this group of over 100 charities, community groups and commerical organisations come together to take action on climate change through the Show the Love’ campaign.

Find out more about getting involved on their website.

Fairtrade producers are doing their bit to fight the climate crisis, by farming and working in line with our environmentally-friendly Fairtrade Standards. Let’s do our bit by making sure they get heard!

Sign To stand with farmers and workers

Thanks for your support,

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR FAIRTRADE THIS CHRISTMAS AND OVER THE HOLIDAY SEASON

Image

LIVE FAIR – YOUR CHANCE TO SIGN UP

Standard

Have you heard about Live Fair? It’s the new way to fight exploitation with the Fairtrade Foundation.

Sign up by Monday and get a complimentary coffee scoop with your first box (which will be coming through your letter box in the next few weeks)!

Sign up now

In case you missed my last email, here’s a little more on how Live Fair is all about.

What is Live Fair?

You give £8 a month to Fairtrade and help support hardworking farmers.

We send you your Live Fair box every three months, with different Fairtrade treats like tea and coffee, tips on ethical living, updates on how your support makes a difference, and much more.

And you can choose to get even more regular Live Fair updates by email.

Find out more

Wondering what your £8 a month will do?

In a word, loads!

This year, as well as backing the Fairtrade Foundation’s work at home and abroad, part of your donation will be supporting a programme called Growing Women in Coffee.

Female coffee farmers in Kenya get a bitter deal. They often aren’t allowed to own property. So they work all day on their husbands’ bushes, but with little to show for it.

This programme is changing the norm. It’s seeing husbands gifting coffee bushes to their wives. And then with training and support from Fairtrade, women can grow their own delicious coffee, earn their own income, and take control of their own lives.

Not a bitter note in sight!

Support women coffee farmers

In a word: fairness. You’ll love it.

In more words:

  • Treats from great Fairtrade tea and coffee brands like Percol, Cafédirect and Clipper.
  • Tasty recipes using Fairtrade products.
  • Fun products to help you live fairer.
  • Top tips on easy ways to be more ethical in your everyday life.
  • News from the inspiring farmers that you’ll be helping.
Get your Live Fair box today

But why now?

As one of Fairtrade’s most committed supporters, we don’t want you to miss out on our very first Live Fair box.

Sign up before Tuesday to get the box, back farmers and join the Live Fair community!

Sign up now

LIVE FAIR — OPEN THE BOX IN 2019

Standard

25 years ago the FAIRTRADE Mark appeared on UK shelves, making ethical shopping that bit easier. Now we want to go further. Live Fair is here to make ethical living easier too.

Join Live Fair now, and get a regular Live Fair box, featuring Fairtrade treats like tea and coffee, tips on ethical living, updates on how your support makes a difference and ethical recipes.

What is Live Fair?

You give £8 a month to Fairtrade and help support hardworking farmers.

You can choose to get regular Live Fair email updates, with all the latest on living a fair and sustainable life. The every three months, you get a new Live Fair box in the post.

Wondering what your £8 a month will do?

In a word, loads!

This year, you’ll be supporting a programme called Growing Women in Coffee.

Female coffee farmers in Kenya get a bitter deal. They often aren’t allowed to own property. So they work all day on their husbands’ bushes, but with little to show for it.

This programme is changing the norm. It’s seeing husbands gifting coffee bushes to their wives. And then with training and support from Fairtrade, women can grow their own delicious coffee, earn their own income, and take control of their own lives.

Not a bitter note in sight!

But what’s in the box?

In a word: fairness. You’ll love it.

In more words:

  • Treats from great Fairtrade tea and coffee brands like Percol, Cafédirect and Clipper.
  • Tasty recipes using Fairtrade products.
  • Fun products to help you live fairer.
  • Top tips on easy ways to be more ethical in your everyday life.
  • News from the inspiring farmers that you’ll be helping.

But why now?

In the next 25 years, Fairtrade will help farmers adapt to devastating climate change. And continue to back their fight against exploitation.

Your support will mean we can stand with more farmers and workers facing these challenges across the world.

Fairtrade Foundation, 5.7 The Loom, 14 Gower’s Walk, London, E1 8PY

We are a registered charity in England and Wales (no 1043886) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England (no 2733136).

Celebrating 25 years of the Fairtrade Mark

Standard

Celebrating 25 years of the Fairtrade Mark

7b8b0545-f516-469c-be62-185565a10d60.jpg

25th anniversary celebrations of the FAIRTRADE Mark took place in Glasgow last weekend with live music and a stunning projection of the Mark in the city’s George Square.

Community events celebrating this milestone are taking place across Scotland and the UK throughout the month of October. Having an event or already had one? Let us know so we can share it!

Celebrate 25 years of the Fairtrade Mark

Campaigner Conference 2019

6f4bd815-b7e2-4444-9e5a-37351ddf533b.jpg

Missed our Campaigner Conference? Catch up on the day here.

Join us at a regional session near you!

We’re holding regional sessions again this year to bring people together to discuss Fair Trade issues and get up to speed on campaigns.
Based on feedback from last year’s sessions, we’re including basic social media training and a presentation unpacking the links between Fair Trade and Climate Change.

Lunch and refreshments included in all the sessions.

Scottish Fair Trade Regional Sessions 2019/20
REGION DATE TIME LOCATION SIGN UP
Edinburgh and Lothians 2 November 2019 12:00pm-2:30pm Augustine United Church, Edinburgh Sign up
Highlands and Islands 23 November 2019 12:00pm-2:30pm To be Communicated To be Communicated
West 7 December 2019 12:00pm-2:30pm Robertson House, Glasgow Sign up
Central and East 18 January 2020 11:00am-1:30pm University of Dundee, Dundee Sign up
Grampian 1 February 2020 12:00pm-2:30pm The Acorn Centre, Inverurie Sign up
Highlands and Islands 21 March 2020 12:00pm-2:30pm To be Communicated To be Communicated
South West 28 March 2020 12:00pm-2:30pm WG13, Kilmarnock Sign up

Find out more & sign up

Scottish Fair Trade Awards 2019

5bc76cc1-3cf4-41ae-b2ca-3facb55769b3.jpg

Recipients of the 2018 Scottish Fair Trade Awards

Do you know an amazing Fair Trade volunteer? An inspiring Fair Trade group? An organisation that does outstanding work for Fair Trade? Why not nominate them for a Scottish Fair Trade Award? Submit your nomination by 24 October.

Sponsored by Scotmid Co-operative
6fa76a7d-f38b-4181-a8d5-5f7c91886c61.png

Nominate an individual/group/organisation

Fair Trade Campaign Toolkit
Order a hard copy now!

ccf37f0c-b0f5-40f3-b26a-17257eecb086.png

We have hard copies of this info with your address and how many you would like. Postage is free.

You can also check out the online version of the toolkit.

This toolkit was produced with financial support from Bridge 47 and the European Union.

c1f1b913-79d3-4c1b-a9a2-2174a57e6d1e.png
Order a Campaign Toolkit

a8f20a7a-9d1d-4c81-a25a-a82a2c4a40d1.jpg
Welcome to our new Chair & Board Members
Current and past Board members at the 2019 AGM
At the Scottish Fair Trade Forum’s AGM on Saturday 7 September, Charles Sim was elected as the new Chair of the Forum’s Board, Liz Manson joined Rachel Farey in the role of Vice Chair, and Sarah Middlemiss joined as a new member on her first term.
Graeme Clark and Jackie Arreaza stepped down from their positions as Board Members. We’d like to thank them again for their service on the Board.


Join our team as a volunteer

We’re looking for Fair Trade supporters to assist with our Campaigns and Communications, and Development activities in our office in Glasgow. Could you share this opportunity with Fair Trade supporters who might be interested in joining us?

Voluntary vacancies at the Forum

Members’ News

Bala Sport is looking for your support to raise awareness of Fairtrade sports balls. More information here.

JTS has published a schools blog with more info about the 90kg Rice Challenge. More information here.

Shared Interest has a number of voluntary vacancies including an Event Researcher. Check out the role description here.

Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Twitter
Website
Website

open.php?u=8e244cea8abeb68734b6b4d00&id=29a0dc472a&e=93aed1202f
Copyright © 2019 The Scottish Fair Trade Forum, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum, Robertson House, 152 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4TB
Tel: +44 (0)141 353 5611