Keep KitKat Fairtrade!


Nestle has announced that KitKats will no longer be Fairtrade. 

From October it will stop buying from cocoa and sugar farmers in Cote d’Ivoire, Fiji and Malawi on Fairtrade terms. 

That means taking away around £2 million of annual Fairtrade Premium payments, in the middle of a huge health and economic crisis. 

Farmers will be getting less for their hard work and have less control over how they spend their money.

As a member of Dundee Fairtrade Forum, I strongly believe this cannot be right, especially when Nestle turned a profit of over $10 billion last year. 

Please sign the petition to Nestle’s CEO that we want KitKat to stay Fairtrade at – many thanks!

Planet Fair Trade Competition

School pupils across Scotland can enter the Scottish Fair Trade competition for a chance to win Fair Trade prizes and have your posters/videos shared around the world – but you must enter by Friday of this week – 5th June 2020.  
Simply create a poster or video based on the Planet Fair Trade theme of this year’s World Fair Trade Day.     

Fairtrade Fortnight Celebration

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, the Dundee Fair Trade Forum is delighted to invite you to its event ‘Come on into Fairtrade’ at Birchwood Food Emporium – Cafe, 28 – 32 Commercial Street on Wednesday 26th February at 5.30pm. 
This will be directly followed by the Dundee Fair Trade Forum’s Annual General Meeting, which you are all invited to attend. 
Dundee is Scotland’s first Fairtrade City and the Forum would like to encourage and support more local businesses in sourcing Fairtrade products. 
This event will include the opportunity to hear from Ian Alexander, owner of local business Birchwood Food Emporium – Cafe and Billy Miller from Scottish coffee supplier Coffee Conscience, about how Fairtrade is a ‘win win’ situation for all. 
We hope to be joined also by a Fairtrade cocoa producer, celebrating this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight theme of a living wage for cocoa farmers.  We can however promise the opportunity to enjoy some lovely samples of Fairtrade chocolate! 

Central and East Regional Fair Trade Session

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is running a series of sessions across Scotland to give supporters a chance to find our more about Fair Trade.
It aims to make these sessions as informal and practical as possible: we want you to leave feeling energised and empowered with new ideas, connections and up-to-date information on Fair Trade.  
Sessions cover topics such as: 
–        Fair Trade campaigning in the climate emergency
–        Harnessing the power of social media for Fair Trade campaigning
–        Procurement
… and includes :
–        Opportunities to meet other supporters
–        Lunch and Fairtrade tea & coffee!
The Dundee event is this Saturday – 18th January – 11am to 1.30pm at the Dalhousie Building in the University of Dundee.
You can read more about this and book a place here.

Scottish Fair Trade Nation Lecture 2018

Fairtrade: enabling sustainable, quality coffee from small-holder value chains
Monday 30th April at 6pm 
Lecture Theatre 1, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee
This year, Ewan Reid, Director of Coffee at Glasgow-based, Matthew Algie, one of the UK’s leading coffee roasters specialising in sustainable sourcing will be speaker. 
With a 20-year Fairtrade heritage starting with the UK’s first Fairtrade espresso in 1997, today nearly 90% of the company’s sourcing is Fairtrade. Matthew Algie supplies coffee to the cafe and hospitality sector including Marks & Spencer coffee shops and around 2,500 independent coffee shops, bars and restaurants.
Ewan has worked for the company since joining as a graduate in 1993 and joined the Board in 2002. 
With a background in food science, he oversees a variety of business areas including roastery operations, quality assurance, green coffee supply chain, R&D and sustainability. A frequent visitor to Matthew Algie’s supply chain partner co-operatives in producing countries, he is also a member of Fairtrade International’s Coffee Advisory Council. 
At the Fair Trade Nation Lecture, Ewan will provide an overview of why Matthew Algie choose to use Fairtrade coffee. He will also explore the Fairtrade coffee market and the challenges and opportunities of the Fairtrade coffee system.
The lecture will start at 6pm and will be followed by Q&A and discussion. 
Tea and Coffee will be served from 5.30pm.    There will be drinks and refreshments afterwards. 
This is a free event.     All are welcome but please do register for a ticket on Eventbrite here.

Busy Tuesday …

Yesterday morning, I had the pleasure of attending a Fairtrade Breakfast at the City Chambers to mark Fairtrade Fortnight.    
It was an thoroughly enjoyable breakfast with pupils from local schools who are helping to promote Fairtrade in their schools and communities.    There was also an excellent presentation from St John’s High School pupils.
Here’s a couple of photos from the event :
Presentation by St John’s High School pupils
Later in the morning, I met with a constituent and two officers from the City Development Department of the City Council to look at road safety for Blackness Primary School pupils and pedestrians generally crossing Perth Road near Pennycook Lane.    
It was agreed that the pedestrian crossing can be improved – by resiting the large utilities box on the south side of the crossing that obscures pedestrians from drivers heading west (see first photo below).    It was also agreed that, once funding is available, the crossing (see second photo below) will be modernised, with better signals with LED lights. 


Last night, I attended the latest meeting of Friends of Blackness at Blackness Primary School.   Friends of Blackness covers the roles of both Parent Council and Parent Teacher Association.    It was a very positive meeting with updates from Mr Ferrier, Head Teacher, about school activities, staffing update and the school improvement plan and a discussion about the structure of future meetings.    
I updated the group about the earlier site meeting and also the issue of improved bicycle storage at the school.

Fairtrade Fortnight Celebration Event for Teachers

The One World Centre in Dundee is holding an informal Fair Trade Café Conversations event on Wednesday 25th February at the Cairn Centre, 12 Rattray Street between 4pm and 5.15pm.  
There will be the chance to sample lots of Fair Trade goodies while chatting with others about Fair Trade opportunities, activities and resources for schools. 
To reserve your place at this free event, please contact Clare Fulton, Global Learning Adviser at the One World Centre – email or telephone 454603.

World Fair Trade Day

Today is World Fair Trade Day.   Our local Dundee Fair Trade Forum marked the day with a stall in the City Centre.   I recently asked the City Council for an update on its support for Fair Trade and received the following  response:

“The Chief Executive asked me to respond direct to your enquiry about the Council’s commitment to Fair Trade. This is demonstrated in the following ways:

– the Fair Trade logo now appears on the front page of the Council’s website, and takes visitors to information about the Council’s approach to Fair Trade and to a link to the Fair Trade Foundation’s website

– a number of Councillors from various parties are actively involved in promoting Fair Trade. In addition to your own involvement, Councillor McCready now chairs the Fair Trade Forum (in a personal capacity) and Councillor Bowes represents the Administration Group. Around 25% of members attended a briefing held during Fair Trade Fortnight last year

– the Council’s catering franchise agreement now states that ‘The Council is committed to the promotion of Fair Trade products and this should be reflected in any proposals submitted’. As a result, the Caird Hall and McManus Galleries cafe now serve Fair Trade products. The Central Library has a Fair Trade vending machine

– the Council’s Corporate Procurement Strategy states that ‘to advance ethical procurement it will work in partnership with the Dundee Fair Trade organisation to achieve their aims’

– the Leisure and Communities Department was one of the partners involved in organising a Strictly Fair Trade Tea Dance in 2010, while the Education Department has continued to encourage schools to take part in Fair Trade projects. At the last count, 8 schools were working towards Fair Trade School status and primary teachers have taken part in several CPD sessions on Fair Trade

One area in which the Fair Trade Forum continues to seek a change in Council policy is in terms of a commitment to use Fair Trade products whenever possible (e.g. at meetings and when offering hospitality) As you know, the Council makes Fair Trade products available, but does not use these exclusively.”

A member of the Dundee Fair Trade Forum has made some suggestions to me about further ways the council can assist and I raised these with Dundee City Council.   Already, there has been a positive response to some – for example, adding a link to the Dundee Fair Trade Forum’s website to the Fair Trade page on the Council’s website.

Dundee Fair Trade Forum AGM – eat someone out of poverty

The fourth AGM of Dundee Fair Trade Forum takes place on Monday 25th October 2010 at 7pm in the Baxter Suite at the University of Dundee.

It will take the form of a Malawian (90kg) Rice Evening with a presentation on this Just Trading project followed by a Malawian Rice supper, washed down with Fair Trade wine. 

The Malawian Rice project aims to encourage groups to buy and sell 90kg rice. This realises the sum required to send a child to school for one year. 

There will also be a Marketplace of Fair Trade stalls – Traidcraft, Palcraft and Jute Co will be present.   All welcome.

Fairtrade Breakfast

A very early start today with an 8am Fairtrade Breakfast at the City Chambers to mark this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, hosted by Lord Provost John Letford.

The speaker at the breakfast was Julius Ethang’atha, a Kenyan Tea Grower, who described the positive benefits of Fairtrade.
You can read more about Fairtrade Fortnight by clicking on the headline above.