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Making trade fair for coffee growers

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Meg Munn MP, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley shared a cup of coffee and some campaign ideas with Oxfam recently.

As part of their Make Trade Fair campaign, Oxfam is concentrating in particular on the crisis in the world coffee industry where massive overproduction has pushed prices down to an all-time low. 25 million coffee producers face ruin. Families are unable to buy medicines, enough food, or to send their children to school. The four giant coffee companies make huge profits while paying coffee farmers less than it costs to grow it.

The campaign aims are

* The big coffee companies should pay farmers a decent price for their coffee and also buy Fair Trade coffee.

* Governments of rich countries should back a Coffee Rescue Plan by supporting  plans to make companies trade only in good-quality coffee; paying for the destruction of excess stocks; and providing aid to help poor farmers out of the crisis and restore their environment.

* Consumer power: everyone can play an important part - put pressure on companies to act responsibly - and buy Fair Trade coffee.

Speaking at a special Oxfam Coffee Morning, Meg Munn, who always buys Fair Trade coffee said

“In coffee growing countries, if there is no revenue from sales of coffee beans then there is no money to send children to school or to buy medicines. Buying basic foodstuffs is becoming a problem for coffee growers now. It is difficult for ordinary people in the West to feel that they can make a difference to situations like this but buying Fair Trade goods is one way in which everyone can get involved. 

For my own part, as well buying Fair Trade goods, I intend to lobby the Government to back the coffee rescue plan.”

For more detail you can contact Oxfam on 01865 312610 or visit their website at www.maketradefair.com
Photo : Meg Munn with a campaign supporter from Latin America and some Fair Trade coffee beans


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