Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 - Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

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Posted March 6, 2019 from United Arab Emirates
She Deserves - Fairtrade Fortnight Campaign 2019 with Sabeena Ahmed and wonderful fairtrade supporters l-r - Brenda, Twisha, Ashwariya, Padmini, Edwige, Deborah, Sabeena and Julia, Dubai UAE 2019
This year the Fairtrade Foundation are focusing on the people, in particular the women who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we all to love to eat so much.
She Deserves a Living Income - Don't Feed Exploitation Choose Fairtrade
She Deserves a Living Income - Don't Feed Exploitation Choose Fairtrade: She Deserves a Living Income - Don't Feed Exploitation Choose Fairtrade £1.86* is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn each day in order to achieve a living income. Currently, a typical cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire lives on around 74p** a day. Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa live in poverty. For the women the situation is even worse. They may plant and harvest on the farm, look after children, carry water, collect wood, cook and clean for the family, and transport the cocoa beans to market but often with fewer rights than men. I'm campaigning with millions of others for a living income to become a reality for cocoa farmers in West Africa. Change can happen if we tell governments, chocolate companies and retailers to make the commitments and policies necessary, then we can make it happen. (1/5)

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2019 - DUBAI UAE 

Do you love chocolate? So do I!

This year I celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 Dubai, UAE with fairtrade friends.

This year the Fairtrade Foundation are focusing on the people, in particular the women, who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much. 

How much do you really know about chocolate?

Take the chocolate quiz.

https://chocolatequiz.fairtrade.org.uk/?fbclid=IwAR0VA9nxumI7M7yG6GbuSJr...  

WHAT DOES FAIR TRADE MEAN?

Fairtrade very simply means social and trade justice for all!

Fairtrade is a simple way each one of us can make a difference through our everyday choices.

It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

Fairtrade aims to enable the poorest farmers and workers to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

On top of the agreed Fairtrade minimum price producers also receive the Fairtrade premium.

How it’s spent is voted on democratically by farmers and workers.

This is development as decided by the people who will benefit from it.

After all, they’re the ones best placed to make it work the hardest. Roads have been laid, nurseries equipped and helpful new tools have been put to work all thanks to the Fairtrade premium.

For those who would like to learn more I recorded a video about fairtrade and have attached the video below

 

WHAT IS FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT?

For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid.

This year the Fairtrade Foundation are focusing on the people, in particular the women, who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much. 

She Deserves a Living Income - Don't Feed Exploitation Choose Fairtrade

Rosine Bekoin is a mum of five, cocoa farmer and member of CAYAT co-operative in Côte d’Ivoire.

Rosine is slightly unusual as cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire go – because she owns and runs her 2.5-hectare farm, which was passed to her from her mother. Normally it is men who own farms and earn the income from them. Rosine first sold her cocoa as Fairtrade in 2016.

You can watch Rosine's video below.

£1.86* is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn each day in order to achieve a living income. 

Currently, a typical cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire lives on around 74p** a day. Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa live in poverty.

For the women the situation is even worse. They may plant and harvest on the farm, look after children, carry water, collect wood, cook and clean for the family, and transport the cocoa beans to market but often with fewer rights than men. 

I'm campaigning with millions of others for a living income to become a reality for cocoa farmers in West Africa. 

Change can happen if we tell governments, chocolate companies and retailers to make the commitments and policies necessary, then we can make it happen. 

Source: Fairtrade Foundation

 

GET INVOLVED

If you would like to support fair trade please read about fair trade coffee, cotton, tea, sugar, bananas, gold, flowers or chocolate and get involved.

Please read the following links

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Buying-Fairtrade/Bananas

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Buying-Fairtrade/Chocolate

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Buying-Fairtrade/Coffee

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Buying-Fairtrade/Gold

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Buying-Fairtrade/Cotton

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Buying-Fairtrade/Flowers

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Buying-Fairtrade/Sugar

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Buying-Fairtrade/Tea

Source: Fairtrade Foundation 

GET INVOLVED NOW!!!

Thank you for reading and supporting fairtrade wherever you are.

Love, peace and blessings

Sabeena

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Jill Langhus
Mar 06
Mar 06

Hello Lovely Sabeena,

How are you doing? Are you feeling better, I hope?

Thanks for sharing your inspiring photos, video, support and post about Fairtrade. I always feel good about buying products that are Fairtrade, and like reading about the organization's latest developments through their newsletter. I didn't know you could buy Fairtrade bananas, though. I do love your banana outfit, by the way:-) Oh, and I also love Rosine's story. I wish many more women would have the same story to tell.

Hope you're having a great day, dear, and that you're feeling better!

Lilfairtrade Shop
Mar 07
Mar 07

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum peace and blessings J,

How are you?
Your message made me smile! :) Many thanks for your kind comments.
If you were here I would have asked you to model the fairtrade banana outfit.

Apologies, since my operations I'm losing my memory and can't remember your lovely name.
Yes! You can tell me off/scold me!

I've had two rotator cuff shoulder surgeries over the past 16 months and am struggling with a frozen left shoulder. Typing is difficult and painful. I hope to heal over a period of 1-2 years.

Hope you and yours are doing well?

Love peace and blessings
Sabeena

Jill Langhus
Mar 07
Mar 07

Hello dear:-)

I'm doing well, thank you!

You're very welcome:-) Glad I made you smile. Nice:) I would've done it, too!

Oh no! Ha. No worries, dear:-)

Eeek. That sounds rough, and painful. That doesn't sound good at all. Wow! That's a long time. Have you tried CBD oil for the pain?

Hope you feel much better soon, dear! And, hope you have a great IWD!!!

Jacqueline Namutaawe

Hai Sabeena thank you for the post and works with Fairtrade. It is eye opening.....chocolates are you know...but also painful to know what the poor farmers have to endure cycles of poverty growing cocoa yet the product is damn expensive. Huh?

Lilfairtrade Shop
Mar 07
Mar 07

Hello, Assalaam Alaikum peace and blessings Jacqueline,

How are you?

Many thanks for your kind comments.

YES! Cocoa farmers work very hard and that's why its so important we all purchase fairtrade chocolate so that they can earn a fair minimum wage and look after their families and invest in their farms and communities.

Love, peace and blessings
Sabeena

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 14
Apr 14

Hi Sabeena,
Thank you for the news featuring these farmers. Few people realize how many women farmers there are, and few realize the true cost of food. Having been a woman organic farmer myself, I am always glad to see more info from your FairTrade Project. I hope your rotator cuff injuries are healing. If this helps, I tore 2 and felt they would never heal, but slowly after a few years they did! I wish the same for you.

Lilfairtrade Shop
Apr 15
Apr 15

Hello Assalaam Alaikum peace and blessings Tam,

Thank you for your message.

Oh how wonderful!
I'd love to interview you one day about your work as an female organic farmer.

Thank you for your kind comments.

Yes! The surgeries have taught me I need to spend more me time.

I'm struggling with the pain and fatigue but have decided against strong painkillers and cortisone injections.

I'd like to heal naturally, however, long it takes.

I'm so HAPPY to hear you have healed.

You are an inspiration.

Please take care

Love peace and blessings
Sabeena :)

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 16
Apr 16

Thanks for your kind words. I'm so glad to be connected with you here. Happy to speak with you whenever it works, about organic farming.

Urmila Chanam
Apr 14
Apr 14

Dear Sabeena,
Thank you for educating me on fair trade and protection of farmers and manufacturer's interests over the middle men. I will love to share this resource with my networks.
Love always,
Urmila Chanam,
urmila.chanam@gmail.com

Lilfairtrade Shop
Apr 15
Apr 15

Dear Urmila,

Namaste, peace and blessings,

How are you?

Thank you so much for your kind comments.

Yes! Please circulate far and wide.

We must support female fairtrade farmers and workers.

Best wishes and regards
Peace and blessings
Sabeena