Fairtrade Fortnight this year urges us to “Stick with Foncho to make bananas fair”. Foncho is a 43 year-old football-mad Colombian banana farmer who is finding life very tough, because while his production costs have doubled the price people pay for bananas has almost halved, because of supermarket competition. But he is in a better position than many famers because he sells most of his bananas as Fairtrade and therefore gets a guaranteed fair price for them, the Fairtrade premium for community projects, and help to reduce dangerous chemicals in his farming.
During Fairtrade Fortnight we are urged to sign a petition for fairer pricing, to buy only Fairtrade bananas (1 in 3 of the bananas currently sold in the UK is Fairtrade), and to find out more about fair and unfair trade and what we can do about it.
In Kirtlington we have 2 local opportunities for celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight, with a range of enjoyable activities.
A Fairtrade-themed Messy Church for all ages on Sunday 23rd February, 4-5.30pm, in church, with banana-related activities, celebration, Fairtrade stall and hot meal. All FREE, though a financial contribution towards the meal is welcomed.
A Fairtrade tea party on Friday 7th March, 3 – 4.30pm with homemade cakes. Drop in after school for a fun time and delicious things to eat. Drink and cake £2. Also in church.
At both these events you can make your own banana smoothie with the special smoothie-making bike, buy food and crafts at a fairtrade stall, and eat lovely homemade goodies, sign the petition and get a “Stick with Foncho” sticker!
And you get to meet a banana…