“I Support Fair Trade,” says the banner. World Fair Trade Day isn’t just celebrated here in the North. All over the world, small farmer organizations also celebrate World Fair Trade Day at fairs, festivals, and other events. Last Friday, Brenda Ceren, of Aprainores and Eduardo Murcia, Treasurer of Aprainores’ Board of Directors joined small farmer coffee farmers at a Fair in San Salvador, sponsored by Fairtrade International and the Latin American Coordinating Body of Fair Trade Producers.
Call for Solidarity with the small farmers’ organization, NORANDINO
Last March 23, NORANDINO was decertified abruptly by the fair trade certification body FLO-Cert.
NORANDINO is member of FUNDEPPO, Foundation of Organized Small Producers; the organization behind the SPP (Small Producers’ Symbol).
NORANDINO, formerly known as CEPICAFÉ, is an organization with a history of twenty years as a pioneering and exemplary organization of small fair trade producers in the area of Piura, Peru.
I’m on my way to El Salvador and Honduras to visit our cashew co-op partners. Sadly, we got word last week that “unseasonable” rains and winds have destroyed 75% of this year’s cashew crop and the co-op in Salvador (Aprainores) has had to shut down their processing plant after just two weeks; laying off the 60 or so women whose income depends on the plant. Instead of the 60,000 or so pounds of cashews that Aprainores was planning to export this year, they will export nothing.
Very sad indeed.
Meet the women leaders across the Equal Exchange coffee supply chain, from seed to cup. Watch now >
Photo by Kai Horstmann
Dear Tea Drinkers,
In honor of World Fair Trade Day, our friends at the Fair World Project have created this excellent 4-minute video that tells the story of authentic fair trade: what it’s about; why it’s important to support organized small farmer co-operatives; and how we, consumers-citizens, can begin to take back our food system.
On May 1, 1986, U.S. customs officials released the first shipment of Nicaraguan coffee from the Port of Boston, and Equal Exchange was born. Read our history >
On March 3, 2016, environmentalist and human rights activist Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home in Honduras. Berta was internationally recognized for her leadership in opposing a World Bank-financed dam project that would have devastated the lands where she and other indigenous Lenca people live. In 2015, she was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize.