Sit down for breakfast, stand up for farmers! 29 February — 13 March
Martin Luther King famously said, 'before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you've depended on more than half the world'. Despite our dependence on farmers and workers for the foods, drinks and products that we love, about 795 million people are undernourished globally.
It's a scandal that the people who grow the food we take for granted can't always feed their own families. We can support farmers and workers to put food on the table for their families by harnessing the power of a Fairtrade breakfast. When people are paid a fairer price, they can have more control over their lives when times are hard, and worry less about how they will feed their families. Whether it's the extra cash in their pockets or being able to expand their farms to grow more food to eat, Fairtrade means many farmers and workers are able to fulfil a basic human need — to put enough food on the table for the people they care about, all year round.
In many parts of the world, there is no guarantee of food security all year round. In coffee-growing communities, there may not be enough food available for up to five months a year. It usually happens in the period between harvests, when the payment farmers received for the previous crop has run out. This can also coincide with higher local food prices and producers will still need to spend precious resources on agricultural input such as fertilizers for the next crop. It means families eat a basic diet of maize and beans if they are available, or parents skip meals altogether and children can't concentrate at school because they're hungry.
In Nicaragua farmers often rely on food programmes to feed their children. To tackle this, the coffee co-operative COOMPROCOM has invested its Fairtrade Premium in making its community more food secure. One project is a revolving fund of quick loans for farmers to make emergency purchases of food. Another is a child nutrition project that encourages farmers to grow food crops (such as beans, rice, tomatoes and corn) and eat a wider variety of foods so that they are less reliant on buying food.
During Fairtrade Fortnight, we will be encouraging campaigners to inspire a multitude of Fairtrade breakfasts in their community — and wake others up to the challenges facing farmers and workers.
Find out more about the theme for Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 from the Fairtrade website.
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