In spite of producing the raw ingredient for one of our favourite treats – chocolate – the vast majority of cocoa producers fail to gain a living income from their product and continue to live in poverty as they struggle with volatile markets, climate change, and a poor return that means they are unable to invest in their farms.
Fairtrade Fortnight this year sees the launch of a 3-year campaign to improve the lives of cocoa farmers and particularly women working in the sector.
“Making a living from Cocoa in Ghana”
Find out more from local Fairtrader Karen Downard as she shares her experiences of visiting cocoa farmers in Ghana
Saturday 9th March
Coffee Morning: 9.45 – 12.15 Cocoa Talk: 11.20
Cheshire Suite, Macclesfield Library
With the support of Hope in NE Cheshire and the Co-op Food
Despite the snow, we had a great turnout to meet the producer Marcial Quinteroof Coobana Fairtrade banana co-operative in Panama. As well as speaking to lots of people as part of the fairtrade coffee morning Marcial also met Macclesfield MP David Rutley and received a Macclesfield Town football shirt.
Macclesfield has successfully renewed Fairtrade Town status for two years, following its ongoing commitment to promoting Fairtrade principles.
Macclesfield’s Fairtrade Steering Group revealed its plans to promote Fairtrade to more community groups and businesses in the area by taking part in campaigns, including the UK-wide Fairtrade Fortnight at the end of February.
On Tuesday 24th October members of Macclesfield Fairtrade Town Group met with Sainsbury’s local store manager to present him with a letter signed by many Macclesfield Fairtrade supporters expressing their concern about Sainsbury’s recent move to drop the Fairtrade certification from their Red Label tea replacing it with their own “Fairly Traded” scheme.
Please note: Macc Library will be closed on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th March for construction work. There’s no change to the Coffee Morning but it does mean the Primary School Poster Display will end early.
Dire standards in the tea industry
Last week the World Bank confirmed standards in the industry remain dire as it published a report on the second biggest tea producer in India, a company almost 50% controlled by Tata, the giant Indian multinational that owns the Tetley Tea brand.
Find out more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-37936349
– and send an email to your favourite brand to let them know that you care about tea workers’ working and living conditions.