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Fairtrade in Eastleigh Borough
Eastleigh Borough was officially declared a Fairtrade Borough on 7 May 2015, thanks to the hard work of the volunteers for the Fairtrade in Eastleigh Borough campaign.
The Fairtrade mark is internationally recognised as giving vital support for an increasing number of farmers in developing countries that are now selling their products on Fairtrade terms, bringing them a stable income, and the chance to trade their way out of poverty.
Cllr Louise Bloom said “I would like to congratulate everyone who has worked for this, it really means a lot to me personally that Eastleigh is now a Fairtrade Borough”
Further information about the campaign can be found at the website www.fairtradeineastleighborough.org/
Wake up and smell the coffee
“Most people don’t realise that at best, only about 5p in every £2 cup of coffee goes to the farmer” so said Sue Hunt from Shop Equality who came to Eastleigh House on Monday to discuss with us why we need Fairtrade.
In the 1970s the West encouraged farmers to grow cash crops of coffee, tea, cocoa and sugar which at the time were very profitable for the farmer. But as supply grew the cost fell and coupled with supermarket wars and our desire as consumers to pay less, the profit disappeared. The effect on the farmer’s family can mean poverty and children forced to skip school and work.
The Fairtrade mark means:
- Farmers receive a fair and stable price for their products
- Producer groups receive a premium to invest in improving their communities and businesses
- Greater respect for the environment
- Small farmers have a stronger position in world markerts
- A closer link between shoppers and producers
For further information got to http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/what-is-fairtrade
The Mayor presents the Fairtrade status
The Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Jane Welsh presents the Eastleigh Borough Fairtrade certificate to Daphne Bright, Chair of the Fairtrade in Eastleigh Borough Campaign at their AGM on 15 July.
Would you like to help?
Having achieved Fairtrade status, the work doesn't stop here. There is more to do, with recertification next year and every two years after. The Fairtrade Foundation have given us areas that need improving such as involving more businesses and organisations.
If you would like to help further the campaign even if only in your organisation please contact Giles Gooding (details below).
To find out more, contact Giles Gooding on 023 8068 8274, email firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter @EcoEastleigh