At least 35 people, plus some very well-behaved children, attended our Fairtrade Fortnight event on Wednesday evening at the Emmanuel United Reformed Church on Trumpington Street. The main presentation was from Sue Bentley (Chair of National Campaigner Committee for Fairtrade and Eastern Area Campaigner Representative on the Committee), and there was an interesting discussion and input from Jessica Ocampos of AndesCrafts, Anne Radl of the Humanitarian Centre, Sabina Crouch of the Co-operative and Maureen Kendall, a representative of Traidcraft.
We thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people and the Fairtrade refreshments – all in all, a great way to kick off Fairtrade Fortnight!
The Cambridge “Fairtrade Fortnight” kick off event on Wednesday highlighted the Stick with Foncho campaign to make bananas fair. There’s still plenty of time to get involved!:
Over the past 10 years, the typical price of a banana in the UK has nearly halved, whilst the cost of production has doubled.
Foncho thinks this is unfair. And so do we.
He’s travelling from his banana farm in Colombia to the UK this Fairtrade Fortnight, to ask Vince Cable to investigate unfair supermarket pricing practices and act to protect the producers of the UK’s favourite fruit.
Stick with him by signing our petition.
If you support Fairtrade and you enjoy wine tasting, why not combine the two at the Co-op’s Fairtrade Wine Tasting free event next Wednesday (5 March) evening, 7:00pm at St Philip’s Church Centre?
Lastly, you can make a real difference in what Fairtrade looks like in Cambridge by joining the Innovation and Development Hackathon run by the Cambridge Humanitarian Centre. One of the teams will be exploring how to use technology in an innovative way to grow and strengthen Cambridge’s fairtrade community – and support fairtrade purchasing. The Hackathon is a tremendous amount of fun – and the ideas you generate could make a huge, concrete impact – not only for us in Cambridge – but for farmers and producers all over the world! Here’s a great video about one of our previous Hackathons (the Global Health Hack day in 2012).
Invitation to Cambridge Fairtrade Fortnight 2014
Are you interested in justice, sustainability and reducing poverty?
Do you work in schools or colleges, are you a campaigner, or an interested individual?
Join us and share your ideas and experience!
Wednesday 26 February 2014
between 6pm and 8pm
at Emmanuel United Reformed Church Café
72 Trumpington St
Sue Bentley, chair of the National Campaigner Committee for Fairtrade, will talk about this year’s campaign
a presentation and video of the importance of fair-trade in the promotion of a Cambridge student-led social enterprise, AndesCrafts.
Meet others with concerns about justice, poverty and sustainability, and enjoy sampling Fairtrade wines, juice and nibbles.
If you would like to attend please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wonderfully enticing aromas greeted members of the Cambridge Fairtrade Steering Group when we spent a day at Queen Edith Primary School, as part of their Learning Day for children and their families. We shared a classroom with samples of international foods from over 20 countries, provided by parents and eagerly tasted by dozens of families (and us!) who wandered in and out trying the huge range of activities on offer throughout the building.
We took a display of various Fairtrade foods and the children were encouraged to find out where they were produced and stick a post-it on the relevant country on the map. Word searches proved the most popular activity among children of all ages and some tried their hand at a Fairtrade quiz. They were rewarded with a sample of Fairtrade chocolate and/or a balloon. We had plenty of useful and interesting conversations with adults and children around the display materials and several Traidcraft catalogues were taken away by people wanting to order foods, crafts, clothing and accessories direct.
It was great to hear Year 6 will be doing a topic on Fair Trade later in the term. We were delighted Queen Edith had taken up the Group’s challenge to schools to get more involved with Fairtrade and hope many more Cambridge schools will do the same!
Fairtrade International has overhauled its Fairtrade Standard for Hired Labour, in a bid to strengthen the position of workers in Fairtrade certified plantations and estates producing tea, bananas and other fruit, cut flowers, herbs, vegetables and sports ball factories.
Rights to organise freely and bargain collectively are prominent changes in the new standards.
The new Fairtrade Standard for Hired Labour was published on 15 January, and comes into effect for companies in June.
You can read more in fresh produce magazine Eurofruit here.
In Cambridge, we follow Fairtrade mining with interest, particularly as local company Harriet Kelsall Jewellery Design have been one of the UK’s leading advocates in giving people the option of ethically-mined materials.
So we were pleased to see an interview with Harriet Lamb (Chief Executive of Fairtrade International) appearing in the Professional Jeweller magazine. In the interview, Harriet talks about recent changes to the standards for Fairtrade Gold, new markets, celebrity endorsement and Fairtrade’s work with miners in Africa.
You can read the full interview here.
Are you planning an event or campaign for Fairtrade Fortnight this year? Whether you are thinking of getting involved as a school, college, company, group or individual, there are some great ideas and resources on the Fairtrade Foundation website here.