#WhyNoVisa – the crude treatment of Palestinian Fairtrade Farmers during Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

This morning I checked my emails as usual – clicked on Zatoun’s newsletter and expected to hear about all their “meet the producer” activities during Fairtrade Fortnight this year.  [Zatoun work with different Palestinian producers to export their goods to the UK and create demand for their artisianal goods.] Sadly all their well laid plans are out the window as the visas for Fairtrade producer Bassema Barahmeh and Canaan Fair Trade marketing assistant Lamis Zamzam were denied on the grounds of their insufficient personal income and the lack of family dependents that could prove sufficient “ties to their home country”.  This would have been Bassema and  Lamis’s first visit to the UK and they were attending events under a SUSY-funded project highlighting the social and solidarity economy, in partnership with Think Global, Waterford One World Centre and the Cooperative College. Despite having launched their application process before Christmas, and the decision having been made on 18th January, Bassema and Lamis were told they could not be informed of the final decision until 22 February, just two days before they were due to leave on their journey. This left them with no time to submit additional paperwork in support of their claim, and means they are […]

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Don’t Feed Exploitation – the new campaign for Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 – from 27th February to 12th March. This year the Fairtrade Foundation have launched a clever & thought provoking campaign to highlight the hidden stories of how our food is produced and processed before it hits the shop shelves.  The campaign mission is clear & simple Millions of farmers in developing countries aren’t paid what they deserve. We’re working to change this. Please watch this clip 🙂    

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