CFTN AGM 2015 Coordinator's report
Date: 24 February 2015
CFTN AGM 2015 Agenda
Date: 24 February 2015
CFTN AGM 2015 minutes
Date: 13 April 2015
CFTN AGM 2015 church report
Date: 13 April 2015
CFTN Open Meeting Agenda
Date: 29 September 2012
CFTN Open Meeting Agenda
Date: 24 September 2011
Joe Human's Report to the AGM on 26 March 2011
Date: 5 April 2011
County wide activities in Fairtrade Fortnight 2011
Date: 24 February 2011
CFTN AGM in March see details..
Date: 24 February 2011
Date: 21 November 2010
Welcome to our brand new website
The North West is Top of the Swaps
16 March 2010
Full press release is availble to download:
Eden Valley's guide to Fairtrade products is now on this website. It includes shops, cafes, restaurants, hotels, hostels, guest houses and B&Bs.
Windermere and Bowness has produced the second edition of its Fairtrade guide in printed form (generously supported by Lakelovers), which can be downloaded as a PDF file. As well as showing where to buy products, it includes a case study and ten good reasons to support Fairtrade.
The first three schools in Cumbria have been awarded Fairtrade School status, plus progress in other schools.
Busy Summer in Keswick
Keswick had visits from two coffee farmers from the village of Choche in Southwest Ethiopia, as well as Nekemte Melaku from the Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union in Addis Ababa. Nekemte acted as translator to Tadesse Meskela, ‘star’ of Black Gold.
Full details of the visit are on the Keswick pages.
Partnership or Power Play?
Oxfam has published a very detailed analysis of the one full and the interim Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) which have been initialled, called Partnership or Power Play? How Europe should bring development into its trade deals with African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries.
Full details are in our Trade Justice Update.
Harriet Lamb visited Keswick
During Fairtrade Fortnight 2008, Harriet Lamb, Director of the Fairtrade Foundation, visited Keswick.
On Tuesday 4th March she was one of the speakers at ‘Words by the Water’ the annual Literary Festival held at the Theatre by the Lake.
The next morning she was up early for a working breakfast with members of the Keswick and District Fair Trade Campaign followed by a reception at a local hotel for Fairtrade campaigners from Keswick and other Fairtrade groups around Cumbria. Harriet praised the work of the Cumbria Fair Trade Network and its Coordinator, Joe Human, and described Cumbria as a ‘shining light’ in the Fairtrade campaign.
Cumbria Tourism flags up Fairtrade
The New Accommodation Guide from Cumbria Tourism indicates Fairtrade hotels, guest houses and B&Bs.The symbol is the letters FT. To be awarded the FT mark in the Guide, the accommodation provider must, as minimum:
- Serve Fairtrade tea and coffee in the Dining Room and in the bedrooms, exclusively or as an option
- Be committed to the principle of Fairtrade
- Have Fairtrade literature available
If you or your friends are looking for accommodation in Cumbria, please look out for the FT symbol.
Fairtrade sales half a billion pounds
Estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products in the UK have reached half a billion pounds according to the Fairtrade Foundation.
Fairtrade bananas are the best selling Fairtrade product with sales topping £150m, an increase of 130%. 1 in 4 bananas sold are now Fairtrade and we eat 3m Fairtrade bananas a day.
Fairtrade coffee sales rose 24% to over £117m. Items made with Fairtrade certified cotton increased from over half a million to just under 9.5m units.
Fairtrade tea rose 24% to just over £30m. And recent commercial developments mean Fairtrade tea should account for a tenth of tea sold in the UK by the end of 2008.
More importantly still, says the Fairtrade Foundation, in 2007 the real volumes (by weight or number) of produce more than doubled over 2006. More details from: Fairtrade Foundation
Tell Gordon to be bold
Oxfam wants you to email Gordon Brown asking him to be bold and put the fight against poverty, climate change and a just foreign policy firmly on the table during his first 100 days as Prime Minister.
You can email him from the Oxfam web site: Email Gordon Brown
Ben & Jerry's ice cream
Just ready for summer, Ben & Jerry's is making two of its ice cream flavours with Fairtrade ingredients - Vanilla and Vanilla Toffee Crunch.
The company says “while it’s not yet possible to convert all our flavours to Fairtrade certified status, we’re working on the ones we can.”
Starbucks signs Ethiopian coffee agreement
After a campaign that resulted in Starbucks receiving 96,000 petitions by e-mail, fax, phone and visits to coffee shops, the company is one of a number signing agreements recognising Ethiopia’s right to control the brands surrounding its coffee beans.
Oxfam says that this could bring millions more in annual revenues, in a country where about 15 million people depend on coffee to get by.
More details from: Oxfam
Movie challenges global coffee trade
To all those with an interest in Fairtrade and Trade Justice – and coffee – we highly recommend this powerful film. Set in Ethiopia, USA and Britain, Black Gold is an investigation into, and indictment of, the global coffee trade and its effects on farmers’ lives.
The film reveals the extent of the injustice the producers endure while the corporate coffee roasters reap huge profits. ‘Star’ of the film is Tadesse Meskela, whom many Fairtrade campaigners met in Cumbria in March 2005. His fight for a fairer price provides the film’s narrative.
Black Gold was shown at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick in June 2007 and provided an opportunity to link up with others interested in Fairtrade and Trade Justice.
To find out more about Black Gold and to check for future screenings go to: Black Gold website
The Black Gold web site also has a coffee calculator which shows you where your money goes when you buy a cup of coffee.
Many of you will know that Keswick and District Fairtrade Campaign has just started a link with the village of Choche in Ethiopia. If you want to know something about this, we can answer your questions. See the Contacts page
Fairtrade producer visit during FT Fortnight
During Fairtrade Fortnight 2007, no less than six of Cumbria’s Fairtrade Towns and Villages hosted Samuel Magona, a coffee farmer from Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda. Samuel was invited to Britain by the Fairtrade Foundation and presented the Fairtrade Town award to three of these Cumbrian towns.
His five day stay included visits to Brampton, Carlisle, Cockermouth, Egremont, Gosforth, Keswick, Kirkby Lonsdale, Ulverston, and Workington. He also visited Cockermouth School, whose students recently put on a Fairtrade Schools Conference for all West Cumbria secondary schools, and in Workington he presented the award of Fairtrade School to St Joseph’s. He was invited to a reception with the County Council Cabinet in Carlisle.
Samuel Magona has been chairman of the local Busamaga Growers Co-operative since 1982 and is one of the driving forces behind the Gumutindo, a young and innovative coffee co-operative union which now sells into the Fairtrade market ('Gumutindo' means ‘excellent quality’ in the local Lugisu language).
After college in Kenya, Samuel worked his way up to become marketing manager of a national company. As well as his involvement with Busamaga, he has been a board member of regional and national co-operative organisations, and is an active member of the local community. He is currently President of Mbale Rotary Club and Chair of Busamaga Senior Secondary School. He has twice narrowly missed election to the Ugandan Parliament.
The three Cumbrian communities which received the award of Fairtrade status from Samuel were Ulverston, Kirkby Lonsdale, and Gosforth and Wasdale. Cumbria now has the greatest number of Fairtrade towns, villages, cities and districts in any county in the country.
Fifteen Fairtrade Towns in Cumbria
During Fairtrade Fortnight 2007, Barrow-in-Furness, Kirkby Lonsdale, Gosforth & Wasdale, and Ulverston declared their new status as Fairtrade Towns. We have also heard that Coniston has passed the criteria to become a Fairtrade Town, which will bring the total to 15.
A year ago there were eight Fairtrade Towns (cities, villages or zones) in Cumbria - Brampton, Carlisle, Eden Valley, Kendal, Keswick, Lakes parish (which includes Ambleside, Grasmere and Hawkshead), Millom and Windermere & Bowness. Late last year Egremont and Grange-over-Sands were added to that number.
The Cumbria Network congratulates the hard working Fairtrade Steering Groups in each of our new Fairtrade Towns.
Cumbria Fairtrade County
Cumbria became a Fairtrade County in March 2006, only the second county in England to be awarded Fairtrade County status.
George Alagiah, BBC News Presenter and Journalist, and Patron of the Fairtrade Foundation, presented the award of Fairtrade County status to Cumbria at a special reception in the evening of 11th March in Keswick. Over 200 people attended, most of whom were campaigners from the many Cumbrian campaigning groups; the rest were councillors and other invited guests.
On receiving the award, Councillor John Collier said: “I am very pleased to accept this award on behalf of the people of Cumbria - people who have been magnificent in their response to Fairtrade. Businesses - particularly within tourism and retail - community groups, schools, churches, families and individuals have all clubbed together to achieve this award. I sincerely hope that support for Fairtrade in Cumbria will continue to grow and grow... this is not the end, it's just the beginning!”