Fair Trade Works

The fall in coffee prices over the last decade is having a devastating affect on the lives of small farmers across Nicaragua because the prices they receive for the coffee are less than the production costs. However, farmers can escape this downward cycle of debt and poverty by participating in fair trade schemes where they are guaranteed a stable price regardless of market fluctuations.

This summer, trade justice activist, Liz Chater (right in photo) was able to experience how fair trade has helped the coffee producing Augusto Cesar Sandino Co-operative in the Matagalpa area of Nicaragua. Liz and 14 other trade activists were part of a Fair Trade Work and Study Tour organised by the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign. As well as living and working with a family for two weeks the group visited other fair trade producers and learnt more about Nicaragua's turbulent history.

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