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'.

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.”

Read more about the issue and take action at

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 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
    40ml milk 
    50g melted butter
    3 ripe Fairtrade bananas, mashed  
    250g plain flour
    2 tsp baking powder 
    125g sugar
    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.


Local Fair Trade
News and Events

Montrose: "Don't put the clocks back on Fair Trade"
This was the message of an event held by the Montrose Fair Trade Forum at Montrose Academy on 29th October. Academy staff and students, including musicians and masked banana-weilding bandits, helped to make this an informative and entertaining evening. The main speaker was former pupil Fiona Thompson who works for Traidcraft touring the word speaking to producers. On recent tours in Africa and Asia she met tea farmers who are trying to sell more of their tea Fairtrade. We drink 165 million cups of tea a day in the UK but only 10% is Fairtrade, something Traidcraft is trying to change with their Make it Fair tea campaign

Queensferry: "We're not all about bananas!"
Members of the Queensferry Fair Trade Group recently made a visit to Queensferry High School. They spoke about  the importance of the Fair Trade movement for producers and explained that Fair Trade isn't all about tea, coffee and bananas but that other Fairtrade certified products, such as footballs and basketballs, are available. Local members Anne Fernie and Gwenneth Williamson presented Fairtrade footballs to the high school and five cluster primary schools.

St Silas Christmas Craft Fair

Saurday 27th November 10am-4pm
Free Entry
Fair Trade breakfast 10am-12noon
Fair Trade stalls, ethically produced crafts, tea, coffee and other Fair Trade goodies.

St Silas Church,
69 Park Road Woodlands,
Glasgow, G4 9JE

East Kilbride:
Festive Fairtrade Wine Reception

Monday 29th November from 7pm
Hosted by the East Kilbride Fair Trade Group and wine tasting conducted by the Co-operative with Martin Rhodes of SFTF saying a few words.
The Crooked Lum Restaurant,
Brunel Way, East Kilbride, G75 OLD

Fair Trade Bazaar
Saturday 27th November

Inverness Town Hall
The event will be opened by SFTF Director Martin Rhodes
Fair Trade stalls and refreshments

Fair Trade Gathering
Saturday 27th November

Oban Cooperative Store
Launch of new Fair Trade Directory and new Oban Fair Trade Website

Contact Murdoch MacKenzie on
01631 710550 for details.

We want to hear about Fair Trade activities happening where you are. Send details to
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