NEW FINANCIAL HELP FOR SMALLHOLDERS
FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE SCOTTISH FAIR TRADE FORUM
Dear Fair Trade supporter,
On 17 December, I submitted our redrafted Assessment Report to the Chair of the Assessment Panel. We have undertaken a significant re-write of the Report in order to respond to the many points raised by the Assessment Panel when they met with us. I don't think that anyone should be in any doubt that the assessment process is robust. This can only add to the credibility of our campaign.
As the end of 2012 draws near, Scotland hasn't achieved Fair Trade Nation status, as many of us had hoped. However, we have done all we can and it is now in the hands of the Assessment Panel to make a further assessment of our case and the Fairtrade Foundation to make its assessments of the pending Fairtrade Zone applications. After this, the Scottish Government will be in a position to make a decision on Scotland being declared a Fair Trade Nation.
The fact that we haven't been able to work to a pre-determined timetable indicates that we do not control the assessment process. We have a strong case and it is being thoroughly tested. When we celebrate the declaration of Fair Trade Nation status, we will do so in the knowledge that we have earned that status.
For now, we are looking forward to enjoying the holidays. In that spirit, and on behalf of all of us at the Forum, I wish you a very happy Christmas and holiday season. To help you celebrate, we have our own special Fair Trade Christmas recipe, courtesy of James Morton, whom some of you will know as a finalist in this year's Great British Bake-Off competition.
Merry Christmas and bon appétit!
CHRISTMAS MORNING COFFEE CROISSANTS
"It’s Christmas. The most indulgent time of year is upon us and it’s as good an excuse as any to start making croissants. But let’s face it, by the time the 24th arrives, no-one wants to be messing around too much. That’s why I’ve tried to make these as effortless as possible; you can forget about them during the day and they’ll be ready to be baked fresh on Christmas morning.
"If you’ve never baked pastries before, I yearn for you to try these. They’ll be the most delicious thing you eat all day."
Here's how you make them.
Fair Trade: Scotland/UK
Congratulations to Midlothian on gaining Fairtrade Zone status and to Portobello on gaining Fairtrade Town status.
HAIL AND FAREWELL
Welcome to Michael Gidney, who took up the job of Chief Executive Officer of the Fairtrade Foundation, on 3 December, on promotion from Deputy Executive Director. And it's soon to be goodbye to Paul Chandler, who has announced that he will step down as Chief Executive of Traidcraft at the end of March 2013. Mags Vaughan will be Acting Chief Executive until a successor is appointed.
FAIR TRADE KEEPS THE NATION BEAUTIFUL
New research has found that 16% of UK consumers questioned have purchased Fairtrade-certified beauty products in the last twelve months, with younger consumers driving the trend.
The research points to wider awareness of ethical issues, says Nancy Sharrar, a research analyst at Canadean Consumer, which carried out the study. 'Fair Trade is usually associated with food products like coffee or bananas, but these figures show that consumers are leaning towards ethical consumerism across the wider FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) landscape,' she added.
Fair Trade: World
STUDY BACKS POSITIVE ROLE OF FAIR TRADE
Small-scale farmers benefitting from Fairtrade enjoy slightly higher and more stable incomes than other producers, confirms a recent German-Swiss study. Commissioned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of TransFair e.V. Germany and Max Havelaar Switzerland, the study looked at producer organisations in Kenya (flowers), Ghana (cocoa), Peru (coffee and bananas) and India (tea and cotton). “The latest results show that Fairtrade creates an improved income and contributes to poverty reduction in rural areas,” said Dieter Overath, General Manager of TransFair. “In regions with strong Fairtrade representation, such as banana farming in Peru or rose cultivation in Kenya, conventional farmers have even started copying Fairtrade standards, for example when it comes to paying a premium or improving their working conditions.”
FAIR TRADE: BEYOND 2015
The mayor of Poznan, Poland, has called on the mayors of other Fair Trade cities to lobby for a new international development framework that supports fairer trade and promotes Fair Trade as a best practice for development.
In a 'Beyond 2015' declaration issued at the end of last month's International Fair Trade Towns conference in Poznan, Mayor Grobelny urged a new focus on reforming trade rules and practices and support for partnerships between governments, businesses and citizens to ensure market access for disadvantaged producers.
The aim is that the Poznan declaration, as it's called, will be presented to world leaders assembling for the United Nations High Level Meeting in September 2013 where they will discuss replacing the Millennium Development Goals, which are due to expire in 2015.
The Fairtrade Access Fund, launched by Incofin Investment Management, Fairtrade International and the Grameen Foundation, has provided its first loan. The COPROCAEL cooperative in Honduras has received US$570,000 to purchase the coffee of its 170 member farmers during the harvest season. The coffee will be later exported to the American and European market. The new fund offers a full range of loans and technical assistance to enable smallholder organisations that are Fairtrade-certified, or in the process of obtaining certification, to strengthen their businesses.
Go further for Fairtrade
Following this year's Take a step for Fairtrade campaign, in 2013 the Fairtrade Foundation will ask everyone to take Fairtrade further. Keep an eye on the Fairtrade Foundation website for more information.
Make a date
Meet your MSPs and tell them about your organisation's work at a special reception at the Scottish Parliament on 15 January. Organised by NIDOS and hosted by Sarah Boyack MSP, Convenor of the Cross Party Group on International Development, the event is free but, to comply with Parliament's security processes, you have to to register by Wednesday 19 December if you want to attend. You can do this by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 0131 243 2680. The event is
linked to the Scotland v Poverty exhibition
. Visit the NIDOS website
to find out more.
Stand-up comedians, Phil Differ and Bob Doolally, will help to launch Fairtrade Fortnight 2013 with a show at the Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh on Tuesday 26 February. You can book tickets through the Stand website.
James Morton - Love Productions
Watch the video
It's estimated that around the world 100 million households are involved in cotton production, and that for many farmers, cotton is their only means of income. In this new 11-minute video, Fairtrade International and Max Mavelaar France look at the challenges faced by farmers in Senegal's cotton country and the benefits that Fair Trade has brought.
Read all about it
Catch up on an eventful twelve months in Fair Trade: you can download a PDF copy (7.6 MB) of our Annual Review 2012 from our website.
Pledge your support
If you'd like to encourage family, friends or contacts to pledge their support for Fair Trade, why not ask them to sign and return a Scotland's Going Fair Trade postcard. We're especially interested in hearing from people who want to set up a Fair Trade steering group in their locality or help others who have already set up a group.
You can get postcards by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a member
As a Scottish Fair Trade Forum member you are helping to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation. Your membership fee helps fund our volunteer programme as well as outreach work to communities throughout Scotland. Individual and organisational memberships are offered.
Visit Membership on the Scottish Fair Trade Forum website to find out more.
Share your news
We would love to hear about what you have been doing to promote Fair Trade. As well as this newsletter, we publish news on our website
and on Facebook
. So please e-mail the editor
with your stories and pictures.
We're taking a break. Please note that our office will close at 5 PM on Friday 21 December 2012 and will reopen at 9 AM on Monday 7 January 2013.
Lipstick - arbyreed
Cotton producer - Simon Rawles