In March 2007 a
number of pupils from class 9RAS in St George's College of Technology
decided to set up a Fairtrade stall in the College. In May 2008 the
College achieved Fairtrade School status and now we are linking with
many other people and agencies to raise the awareness of Fairtrade
further across Sleaford. Featured in the Fairtrade Foundation School Action Guide here!
Sleaford now has a Committee whose objective is to
promote the benefits of Fairtrade so that we can all enjoy Fairtrade
produce whilst also allowing others to have a life. Fairtrade means
just giving the farmer, the producer that opportunity to afford
medicine and an education for their family, and to ensure that they can
live when the price of their product falls due to world economic change.
What about the farmer's in the UK? We
encourage all to buy produce which is locally sourced but we would also
ask that people buy a few Fairtrade products if they are unable to buy
The Managers of these stores within
Sleaford: Sainsbury's our Chair Debbie Wrightson; the Lincolnshire Co-operative Society;
and Mother Nature. We also have the Secretary of the Source Cafe in the
Riverside, a representative from the Churches in All Lincolnshire, a Councillor from the Sleaford Town Council, a representative from one of the Fairtrade at Work companies and pupils from St George's Academy.
The Fairtrade Foundation
is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the
FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally
agreed Fairtrade standards. The Foundation was established in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft and the World Development Movement, later joined by the National Federation of Womens Institutes. Member organisations now also include Banana Link, Methodist Relief and Development Fund, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign, People & Planet,SCIAF, Shared Interest Foundation, Soroptimist International , Tearfund and the United Reformed Church.
What is it about?
It is all about the price that is paid for the goods that we want.
Fairtrade guarantees to, not aspires to, pay a set price for the
produce. If the local price exceeds the Fairtrade price then the
producer gets the higher price. However, if the price falls, which it
has done significantly with regard to coffee etc, then the producer
still gets the agreed Fairtrade price for their goods.
What good does this do?
It allows the farmer or the producer to predict in the future their
minimum income. They can send their offspring to school (where it costs
money to get an education) or purchase medicine (no NHS there) and to
invest in the future. This allows the producer to develop their life -
to have a life.
Should our producers get the same?
YES, We agree! We should all pay a fair price for our goods.
Nevertheless, and I say this carefully, these people may have had to
live on $2 a day, to bring up their family. So although the recession
is hitting many very hard indeed, in fact I dare say we all know of
someone who may have lost their job or have taken a pay cut in recent
months, the producer who now gets their income via fairly traded goods
previously never knew life that good.