Scottish Fair Trade Forum Summer Newsletter 
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Summer News
This summer has been a very busy one for Fair Trade in Scotland with the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games presenting an ideal platform on which to raise issues surrounding Fair Trade internationally. One of the key achievements, apart from Scotland’s record-breaking medal count, is the level of Fair Trade at the Games - all tea, coffee, sugar and bananas on offer to spectators, visitors, athletes and officials at the Games were Fairtrade certified.
Director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, Martin Rhodes commented, "we are delighted that the Commonwealth Games’ organisers decided to make Fair Trade such a prominent part of Glasgow 2014. The Games give Scotland the chance to show off our achievements as one of the world’s first Fair Trade Nations, and communicate the importance of Fair Trade to a truly global audience.
The Forum has taken the opportunity of the Commonwealth Games to explore some of the links between Scotland and other Commonwealth nations and see how Fair Trade plays its part. The Forum attended a Scottish Government business and trade event for Commonwealth visitors just prior to the opening of the Games to showcase the Fair Trade links and opportunities between Scotland and Commonwealth countries.
Visit from Kuapa Kokoo
In the run up to the Games, the Forum invited Isaac Baidoo and Lydia Agyei of the Kuapa Kokoo Co-operative in Commonwealth country, Ghana, to visit Scotland to discuss their Fair Trade links. Isaac and Lydia were able to meet with a variety of Fair Trade campaigners, civic leaders and members of the Ghanaian community within Scotland. They took part in community events including discussions with students at New Lanarkshire College in Cumbernauld and Mount Florida Primary School in Glasgow as well as events in Ullapool and Airdrie.
Lydia and Isaac met with numerous civic leaders including International Development Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP, the Lord Provosts of Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Leader of Glasgow City Council and several MSPs at the Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament. Isaac and Lydia met with retailers who stock and supply Divine Chocolate, the 100% Fairtrade certified chocolate company part owned by Kuapa Kokoo. They also took part in the Fair Trade Fiesta in Edinburgh and led the parade from the City Chambers to Princes Street Gardens for the Fiesta alongside the Lord Provost and Scottish Government Minister. On the evening of World Fair Trade Day they enjoyed a celebratory African meal with representatives of the Ghana Welfare Association based in Glasgow.
     AGM & National Campaigner Conference        
The 2014 Annual General Meeting and National Campaigner Conference of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum is on the 6th September at the Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh. The AGM gives the Forum’s Board of Directors and members the opportunity to discuss how best to progress with promoting Fair Trade in Scotland into 2015.
After the AGM, as part of the 2014 National Campaigner Conference, the Forum will host keynote speaker Bandi Mbubi, Director of Congo Calling, a charitable organisation dedicated to the development of Fair Trade technologies using ethically sourced, conflict-free minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The  day will also feature a  presentation by the Fairtrade Foundation and a panel discussion titled "Where next for Fair Trade? Challenges and Opportunities”.
This is an excellent opportunity to meet other Fair Trade campaigners from around Scotland, share your ideas and learn what other groups and organisations are doing! The day’s events will run from 10am-4pm, including breaks for lunch and coffee.
Reserve your free place here
Famous Floral Clock Features Fairtrade
The famous floral clock situated in Princes Street Gardens has received a make-over to celebrate the capital’s 10 year anniversary as a Fairtrade city. The clock, which has kept the time in the gardens since 1903 has been decorated to acknowledge many significant events throughout the years, including Queen Elizabeth’s coronation and Robert Louis Stevenson’s centenary. Featuring the Fairtrade Foundation’s signature trademark, the clock took 5 weeks and over 30,000 plants to complete. Deputy Lord Provost Deidre Brock stated “We are delighted to be celebrating 10 years of Fairtrade status for Edinburgh with our historic floral clock, which provides a fitting tribute for such a great cause”.
Rachel Farey, Chair of Edinburgh Fair Trade City Group, added “Countless individuals as well as businesses, shops, cafes, universities, schools and churches have worked together over the past ten years to help achieve the status of Fairtrade City, which ensures workers in the developing world receive better prices, improved working conditions and fairer terms of trade… The stunning floral design which includes the Fairtrade logo stands out as an important tribute to all the hard work done by the people of Edinburgh who care passionately about Fair Trade."
Community Engagement Officer
Sophie Tolley has has joined the Scottish Fair Trade Forum as the new Community Engagement Officer. Sophie is very excited to have begun her role and said “I am looking forward to meeting people involved in Fair Trade all around Scotland and hope to see as many of you as possible at the National Campaigner Conference on the 6th September!” She is planning to work on many areas including helping Fair Trade groups share their experience and best practice to help each other. Please feel free to get in touch with Sophie at with any queries or projects you are involved in.
New Fairtrade Towns!
Congratulations to Aberlour, Bearsden & Milngavie, Elgin and Fauldhouse & Breich Valley who have all managed to attain Fairtrade status in recent months and to North Ayrshire, which is now a Fairtrade Zone!
 Over 70,000 signatures gathered to make bananas fair! 
In the months following Fairtrade Fortnight, the campaign to ‘Make Bananas Fair’ featuring Foncho, the Colombian banana producer, has reached over 70,000 signatures and received support from 56 MPs. The issue of falling banana prices is an issue that threatens many farmers across the developing world. In reaction to the enthusiastic response from supporters in the UK, Foncho said ‘Thank you… my biggest reflection from my visit is how you received me like a member of your own family, and how passionate you all were about Fairtrade’. You can watch a video of Foncho handing over the petition to policy makers here. Despite this progress, the continued support for Fairtrade bananas is required and you can find out more information about how you can help by visiting the Fairtrade Foundation website.
 Bala Sport 
Bala Sport was set up to give a fair deal to the makers of Fairtrade certified sports balls. The brand was formed to level the playing field between sports consumers and the makers of the balls through a fair price and fair working conditions. This new co-operative organisation based in Glasgow was set up to expand the availability and use of ethically produced Fairtrade sports balls focusing initially on footballs in the UK and beyond. If you would like to support Bala Sport’s Fairtrade certified footballs, or find out how to get some Bala Sport balls for yourself, you can visit and Like their Facebook page.
Congo Calling - Bandi Mdubi
 If you would like to know a bit more about our National Campaigner Conference guest speaker, Bandi Mdubi, you can watch his 2012 TED talk here and visit the Congo Calling website.
Remember to reserve your place for the AGM & National Campaigner Conference on the 6th September in Edinburgh here!
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