Towns across north Wales will be welcoming Fairtrade banana farmer, Juliet Arku-Mensah, this Fairtrade Fortnight, as part of a campaign to highlight the growing hardships faced by banana farmers.
From 24 February to 9 March, the UK will be going bananas to demand fair wages and better living and working conditions for farmers across the globe, and supporters across north Wales will be making their mark to help Make Bananas Fair.
Juliet will be visiting the region from Volta River Estates Ltd (VREL), a medium-sized banana plantation in Akwamu, Ghana, where she has seen the effects of Fairtrade make a difference to the farmers’ lives. She will be visiting Bangor, Anglesey and Abergele as part of her visit to the UK. She will be attending a number of events at schools, libraries, town halls and universities this Fairtrade Fortnight to help the UK celebrate its favourite fruit – and the farmers who produce it.
Juliet says: ‘Fairtrade is about empowering workers and empowering women too. Fairtrade has made a big difference to the way we solve problems. The Fairtrade Premium has helped provide training and protective equipment for farmers, and health screenings to test workers for diabetes, hepatitis, breast cancer, HIV and other conditions.
‘I’m looking forward to visiting Wales and talking to people about what it’s like to be a banana farmer in Ghana, and how the decisions made in the UK can affect us at home in Ghana.’
Supporters across North Wales will be joining forces with Juliet and the rest of the UK on www.stickwithfoncho.org.uk to highlight the grave impact of unfair supermarket pricing on farmers and workers who grow the nation’s favourite fruit. Foncho, a banana farmer from Colombia and the face of the campaign, will also be in the UK during Fairtrade Fortnight, asking people to stick with him and ask the UK Government to intervene to end unfair supermarket pricing practice.