Fair Food Workshop - Saturday 9th March

Local residents and Fairtrade campaigners came together on 9th March for the Fair Food Workshop, an engaging and eye-opening event held by Fairtrade Haringey and Sustainable Haringey as part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2013.

 

Participants heard from Mary and Esther, two cocoa farmers from the Kuapo Kokoo Co-operative farm in Ghana. Mary and Esther spoke movingly of the difference Fairtrade made to their lives and those of their community; getting a fair price for their cocoa provided them with financial independence and enabled them to pay for things like a proper school building in their neighbourhood.

 

Sophi Tranchell, Managing Director of Divine Chocolate, outlined how the company had been a trailblazer by enabling the majority shareholding to be owned by Kuapo Kokoo in Ghana and also for Fairtrade in the chocolate industry to the extent that all the major chocolate companies (Mars, Nestle and Cadburys) now sell fairtrade products.

Vicki Hird, Friends of the Earth, spoke about how countries were buying up land across the world as a safeguard against future food shortages but in doing so were depriving local communities of their homes and livelihoods.

 

Pam Harling from Sustainable Haringey spoke of the 86 different food growing projects across the borough and Poppy Pickard outlined the work of Fairtrade Haringey. The audience also learned how it was possible to forage in local parks and woods for plants to eat.

 

Haringey Mayor, Cllr David Browne, visited the event and met Mary and Esther. Children from St Aidan’s school presented a tableau they had made from wrappers from fairtrade products.