The Fair Trade guarantees farmers in developing countries a fair price for their products. Because this price is stable it allows them to plan for their future.
Bernard Ranaweera, a tea producer from Sri Lanka and Bella Joachim, a banana farmer from Dominica in the Windward Isles will be visiting locations and events all over Wales to raise awareness of how Fair Trade helps them.
Their visit is being supported by the Welsh Assembly Government. Environment Minister Jane Davidson said:
This special fortnight will try and engage all sections of society about how fair trade can have an impact around the world. It has made a real difference to the everyday lives of producers, helping them trade their way out of poverty.
I hope Fair Trade Fortnight will engage all sections of society by raising awareness and sales of fair trade goods in Wales. It is about empowering people to help themselves and also a way for us all to play our part in Making Poverty History.
The farmers will visit schools and give talks to community groups.
Bella Joachim said:
Fair trade is really important to the banana farmers in the Windward Islands. Without fair trade we wouldn't even be able to sell our bananas because of the high tariffs put on them. Fair trade has ensured our working conditions are safe, and we get a fair price for our bananas.
Last June Wales become the world’s first fair trade nation following a two-year campaign by the Wales Fair Trade Forum, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, to increase the availability of fair trade products in towns, cities and counties across Wales, and encouraging schools, businesses and other organisations to switch to Fair Trade.
24 February 2009