Stephen helps mark Fairtrade Fortnight in Parliament

Stephen helped mark Fairtrade Fortnight at a special event in Parliament this week.

The reception marked the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Fairtrade, and guests heard from Colombian banana farmer Julio Mercado Cantillo about the importance of Fairtrade for him, other farmers and his community.

FAIRTRADE SUPPORT: Stephen is pictured with Brad Hill, Fairtrade Strategy Manager at The Co-op, and Kenyan tea producer Patrick Kaberia Muthaura.

FAIRTRADE SUPPORT: Stephen is pictured with Brad Hill, Fairtrade Strategy Manager at The Co-op, and Kenyan tea producer Patrick Kaberia Muthaura.

Stephen, the Labour and Co-operative MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, said: “I was delighted to attend Tuesday’s event with Fairtrade farmers from Colombia and Kenya, Co-operative party colleagues, and representatives from the Fairtrade Foundation and The Co-op, and to continue my ongoing support for Fairtrade which makes such a huge difference to producers in the developing world.

“Despite our dependence on farmers and workers for the foods, drinks and products that we take for granted, around 795 million people are undernourished globally.

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Fairtrade works to change this, by making sure companies pay a fairer price for what people grow, plus a little extra for farmers and workers to invest in their businesses or communities.

“Hearing first-hand from farmers about the difference it has made to them and their families was inspiring.”

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from February 29 to March 13.

For more details and to get involved, visit  http://fairtradewales.com/ and www.fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight

 

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