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October 2009

Scottish Fair Trade
Updates & Events

Annual Scottish Fair Trade
Campaign Day
Whether you live in a Fairtrade City, Town or Village or are helping your workplace become Fair Trade-friendly, we need your help to make 2010 the Final Push toward achieving Scotland's Fair Trade Nation criteria.  Join other Fair Trade campaigners and organisations at the second Annual Scottish Fair Trade Campaign Day in Edinburgh on Saturday 14th November, 9.45am-4.15pm!  Download the advert, agenda and find directions here.

Come along to start your Fair Trade Christmas shopping in our lovely Fair Trade marketplace, featuring exhibitors from around Scotland; listen to Fair Trade music and enjoy cookery demos; take part in workshops and hear speakers like Bruce Crowther from the Fairtrade Foundation and producers from Oromo Coffee in Ethiopia. Find out how tantalisingly close Scotland is to becoming a Fair Trade Nation and find out how you can help it happen!

This is a free event and there is no pre-registration necessary. Just show up and join the party...

Launch of Student Reps Programme
The SFTF is currently recruiting its first team of Student Representatives to help spread the word about Fair Trade to universities and colleges. We've already received some excellent applications. If you are a college or university student in Scotland and would like to be directly involved in helping Scotland become a Fair Trade nation,  download an application form here  then join us for our first Student Rep training day, taking place as part of our Annual Campaign Day on November 14.  For more info or an application pack, call the SFTF office at 0131 474 8014 or contact our Universities Intern at

Queensferry Fair Trade
Global Bazaar
Queensferry Fairtrade Group is holding its seventh (!) annual Fair Trade Global Bazaar at the Queensferry Parish Church Centre on Saturday 31st October, 10.00am-3.30pm.  Come and sample the tastings offered by a wide variety of exhibitors and hear a presentation from SFTF Director, Betsy Reed, on her recent trip to Malawi! 
For more information on the event click here.

Help Support Scotland's Fairtrade Schools
Over the past six months, our amazing Schools Volunteer, Sarah Aldred, has done an overhaul of our Schools website, built stronger working links with Scotland's Development Education Centres, set up a Schools e-Mail List and regularly updated the Fairtrade Schools database for Scotland. Though we would like to keep Sarah forever, she will be leaving us in a few months and we are looking for someone to fill her shoes. No matter where you're based, if you have a few hours spare you can help by giving talks in schools, keeping our database up to date or developing the schools section of our website.  If this sounds like a role for you, please email with the subject line 'Schools Volunteer' to request a role description.

Check out our shiny new(ish) Schools website for up-to-date information about Fairtrade Schools in Scotland!

Fairtrade Foundation Climate Change Report
The Fairtrade Foundation recently released its new report on climate change and Fairtrade, ‘Egalité, Fraternité, Sustainabilité: Why the Climate Revolution Must Be a Fair Revolution.’ It's a cracking good read, it's not too long, and it gives us all access to handy facts and mythbusters like this gem, on page 23:
Myth: Fruit and vegetables grown locally have a smaller carbon footprint than Fairtrade products sourced from abroad.
Reality: ...A study commissioned by Swiss supermarkets found that organic Fairtrade cane sugar from Paraguay has a 40% smaller carbon footprint than sugar made from sugar beet in Switzerland itself. Paraguayan sugar is cultivated without artificial fertilisers and pesticide, and without heavily polluting machines. Furthermore, the sugarcane waste can also be re-used to generate energy.

These children in a village near Kasinthula Sugar Farmers Association had some awesome kung-fu moves AND benefit from clean drinking water, made possible through the Fairtrade Premium paid to local sugar farmers, whose Fairtrade sugar can be found in shops like The Co-op.

Scottish Fair Trade Forum EGM!!
As part of our Campaign Day on 14 November, we'll be holding an EGM for all members to vote on proposed changes to our membership categories and to approve the re-introduction of membership fees after fees were eliminated for 2009-10.

To see the notice of the EGM, go to our website 

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum Visits 10 Downing Street
Scottish Fair Trade Forum Chair, Martin Meteyard (right) and Fair Trade Wales Chair, Anne Hemingway (left) pose with comedian Harry HIll, the face behind Liberation Nuts' Harry's Nuts. They were attending a reception at 10 Downing Street, hosted by Sarah Brown to celebrate the Fairtrade Foundation's 15th birthday.

Back on the Blog
Check it out here and follow us on Twitter at 'FairTradeNation.'  If you're on Facebook, our group is 'Scottish Fair Trade Forum.'
Our Director, Betsy, will be blogging more soon about her recent trip to visit Fair Trade and Fairtrade producers in Malawi. For now, let us tempt you with a few pictures...

The leader of a local women's basket-making co-operative holds a basket that now sits in the SFTF office, purchased for the 'fair' price of 65p. The income from this 'fairly traded' basket meant this woman could afford to buy soap and sugar, which were luxuries beyond the reach of her income.

 A woman sorts coffee beans at Mzuzu Coffee Union, which gained Fairtrade certification in May 2009. Their coffee will soon be part of one of Sainsbury's Fairtrade blends.

Boniface Yotamu is a Kasinthula sugar farmer and sits on the Fairtrade Premium Committee, which is democratically elected to consult with local communities and ensure the Premium money is spent on projects the community of roughly 10,000 people decide they want it spent on. With it, so far they have brought clean water to villages, electricity to houses, bought essential drugs for their clinic and are building a house for a doctor to live on-site where the harvesting is done.
Coming soon...
* The date for the first ever Scottish
Local Authority Fair Trade Conference in June 2010

* The SFTF’s Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 Producer Tour itinerary

* Profiles on some of our new Volunteers and Interns, along with opportunities advertised on our website!

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