So last weekend I attended the Fairtrade conference and it. was. a.m.a.z.i.n.g!
Among a crowd of dynamic others I was lucky enough to meet with a very inspirational gentleman called Juan Bravo.
Juan is really the epitome of the heart and soul of Fairtrade and what it means to be an ethical farmer. He farms peanuts and sesame seeds in his homeland of Nicaragua and is changing the way things work for the better.
Juan employs full time staff into a small co-op which is giving the local farmers the opportunity to jointly own and farm land; this co-op then provides much needed education around farming and, (I saved the best till last) he’s employing women and celebrating their contribution into agriculture and the community. He’s just an all round good guy! Oh and did I mention he does all of this ORGANICALLY!
You can support Juan Bravo, his co-op and their ethical and organic roots in Nicaragua by purchasing Liberation Nuts, I know I will be.
I’ll leave you with a bit of food for thought and in Juan’s words because he explained things so beautifully:
“We should all be able to afford a little rum and get to dance on the beach.”
So true. Think about where your produce comes from, all the steps and people that go into getting it from Farm to Face and make sure it’s fair for all of them.