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Fairtrade Fortnight 2021


Imagine if you could help Kabugho feed her family

Bukonzo Organic Farmers Co-operative Union (BOCU) is a Fairtrade coffee co-operative In Uganda, which has suffered the effects of life-threatening weather conditions as well as the impact of the pandemic.

Bukonzo General Manager, Josinta Kabugho said:

“Following heavy rains from the Rwenzori Mountains, five rivers simultaneously burst their banks, affecting 1,200 Bukonzo farmers.

“Most of the properties were swept away. The farmers lost coffee and also food crop fields.”

Thanks to over 11,500 members in the UK, Shared Interest has been providing finance to Bukonzo since 2014.  We remain a reliable source of finance at a time when the future remains uncertain for their farmers and their families.                               

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22 February to 7 March 2021

In Fairtrade Fortnight 2021, we will highlight the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with. The facts are straightforward. Farmers and workers in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Honduras, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected by it. They have told us that:

  • Climate change is one of their biggest challenges right now. 
  • Low prices for their crops mean that they are struggling to fight back. 
  • Only with more money will they feel equipped to meet their everyday needs and deal with the challenges they face from climate change.  

The climate crisis is an immediate and ever-increasing threat and those in climate vulnerable countries are already seeing its impacts from droughts and crop disease to floods, heatwaves and shrinking harvests.  

With the emergence of the global COVID pandemic, the challenges that farmers face now are bigger than ever before with falling commodity prices and widespread shocks reverberating along our global supply chains. Ongoing poverty in farming communities makes it increasingly hard to cope with the effects of climate change. - Fairtrade Foundation

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We form the vital link between UK social investors like you and Fairtrade organisations like Bukonzo who need finance to improve their livelihoods. 

Join us and help farmers like Kabugho to earn a living and feed their families.