Campaign Day Launches Countdown to Fair Trade Nation
Our Campaign Day, held in Paisley Town Hall on 6th of November, was a huge success which brought together Fair Trade campaigners from all over Scotland and featured speakers from the world of international development and the Fair Trade movement. Special guests included Veronica Pasteur of The Fairtrade Foundation who spoke about Fairtrade achievements of the last twelve months and introduced next year's Fairtrade Fortnight campaign 'Show Off Your Label'. www.fairtrade.org.uk/show_off_your_label/
We were also honoured to welcome Jacob Varela of the Malawian smallholder farmers association NASFAM. Jacob spoke about the importance of creating relaible, fairly priced markets for smallholder farmers and particularly highlighted NASFAM's link with Just Trading Scotland and the sale of Kilombero rice in Scotland as being a valuable partnership. We learnt that by buying these farmers' rice, we can play an important role in sustaining this partnership.
2011 The Coundown Year
The day also saw the launch of our Countdown Campaign. We see 2011 as the countdown year to Scotland's Fairtrade Nation Status in 2012. So, in 2011 we are aiming to have 365 events, one for each day of the year! "Events" can be as big as a Fair Trade fashion school at your school to choosing to make your husband/wife a Fairtrade chocolate cake on Valentine's Day. Watch this space, get thinking and email us your creative Fair Trade ideas!
The Great Cotton Stitch-Up
On Monday November 15 the Fairtrade Foundation released a brand new report, “the Great Cotton Stitch-Up”, marking the start of its campaign for trade justice for West African cotton farmers.
Cotton is the most used natural fibre in the world and should be the
˜white gold” that propels ten million West African farmers out of poverty. They are, however, obstructed by a wall of subsidies paid by the United
States and European Union to their farmers. Combined, the US and EU have spent $32 billion on their cotton farmers over the past nine years. The result is to dampen down cotton prices for West African farmers, with devastating effects. Read the report here:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali rely on cotton more than any other
commodity for their export revenues. With an average GDP per capita of
$637, they are among the least developed countries on earth.
Douda Samake of the Mobiom Fairtrade Co-operative said:
“Subsidies from American growers give us serious concern. US farmers get billions. They can secure their health. Mali farmers can’t do that.”
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Recipe of the Month
A new feature giving you ideas for cooking up culinary delights using Fairtrade ingredients. If you have a favourite recipe you'd like to share please sent it to firstname.lastname@example.org. This week Mary Anne, our Membership Development intern, offers her Fair Trade version of Banana and Chocolate Muffins. We're hoping she'll bring some into the office for us to sample!
1 large free range egg, beaten
50g melted butter
3 ripe Fairtrade bananas, mashed
250g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
100g Fairtrade dark chocolate, chopped
Preheat the oven to 200 or gas mark 6. Mix the egg, milk, mashed banana, sugar and oil together. In a separate bowl sift the flour and baking powder. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Add the chocolate in the final strokes. Divide the mixture between 10-12 muffin cases in a muffin tray and bake for 20-25 mins.