‘Bananageddon’ is a word that has been bandied around this weekend in national newspapers, ahead of an upcoming report from the United Nations (UN) on the spread of Panama disease across banana farms and the devastating effect it is having on farmers.
Here Martine Parry, Fairtrade Foundation Media and Public Relations Manager, explains why the reality behind the bananageddon headlines is far from sensational as thousands of farmers struggle to contain this destructive disease.
Today, top scientists from the IPCC warned climate change is having, and will have, a devastating impact on our planet. They predict that drought and floods will lead to life-threatening food shortages.
Unpredictable weather means that food prices will shoot up, while food quality, and access to it, will go down. Tim Aldred, Head of Policy at the Fairtrade Foundation, explains what Fairtrade is doing to help smallholder farmers, who feed 70% of the world’s people, mitigate and adapt to climate change.
On Save a Banana Day, Martine Parry, Media Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, documents a recent visit to banana producers and workers in Ghana, and tells us why valuing our bananas, and those who produce them, is more important than ever.
New Fairtrade standards for hired labour, published in January, drive real change for workers across the globe. Richard Anstead, Head of Product Management at the Fairtrade Foundation, discusses the journey to unlocking the power of the many.
The weekend saw the face of Fairtrade Fortnight, Foncho, visiting Scotland as the final leg of the Fortnight producer tour. Donna Simpson, press officer at the Fairtrade Foundation, witnessed the strength behind the campaign with him.
A recent report has revealed that gold from conflict zones is entering gold markets illegally. Allan Bond of BT Global Services recently travelled to Tanzania with a group of BT employees to see the difference that Fairtrade gold is making to a small group of artisanal miners in Geita.
This Monday saw the world’s first ever Fairtrade banana billboard unveiled on Clapham Common to mark the start of Fairtrade Fortnight. Martine Parry, Media Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, explains the thinking behind the 5,000 banana-studded stunt.
This week marks the start of the Fairtrade Foundation’s Make Bananas Fair campaign – a campaign targeted at government to intervene in supermarket pricing practices.
Albeiro Alfonso ‘Foncho’ Cantillo, a 44-year-old banana farmer from Colombia and a member of the Coobafrio co-operative, is the face of the campaign. He was chosen by the Fairtrade Foundation to come to the UK to help tell people about the effects of the supermarket price wars on banana farmers.
Foncho, whose father was also a banana farmer, tells Fairtrade Foundation Press Officer Donna Simpson about the challenges in, and future prospects of, banana farming.