Women’s Economic Empowerment
Working with FAIRTRADE – FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 29th Feb – 13th March
Our Federation SIGBI became a partner and member of FAIRTRADE in 2007.
As Martin Luther King famously said, ‘before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world’. Despite our dependence on farmers and workers for the foods, drinks and products that we love, about 795 million people are undernourished globally.
The people who grow the food we take for granted can’t always feed their own families. We can support farmers and workers to put food on the table for their families by harnessing the power of a Fairtrade breakfast.
When people are paid a fairer price, they can have more control over their lives when times are hard, and worry less about how they will feed their families. Whether it’s the extra cash in their pockets or being able to expand their farms to grow more food to eat, Fairtrade means many farmers and workers are able to fulfil a basic human need – to put enough food on the table for the people they care about, all year round.
During Fairtrade Fortnight, we will be encouraging campaigners to inspire Big Fairtrade Breakfasts in their community – and wake others up to the challenges facing farmers and workers.
Will you help us get as many people as possible to eat a Fairtrade breakfast in your community during Fairtrade Fortnight?
Justine Watalunga is a member of the Gumutindo Coffee Co-Operative in Uganda. Her organic coffee is used in Cafédirect instant coffee and in Equal Exchange’s Mt Elgon Gumutindo Ground Coffee, part of its range of ‘Coffee Grown by Women’.
Justine says: –
“The FAIRTRADE premium is like a miracle to us. It comes directly into our hands. It is an acknowledgement of our work, of what we are capable of and who we are. It is so important to us, Thank You”.
Our clubs support FAIRTRADE