Graduating in Fair Trade

Mrunal Lahankar from Hyderbad in India visited Trinity College, Carmarthen on March 7th to meet the students and staff who are keen to attain that golden accreditation of ‘a Fair Trade University’.  Trinity welcomed Mrunal with a fashion show of clothes made of recycled materials then listened keenly as Mrunal described life for farmers in India and the difference Fairtrade makes to their lives.

Under the guidance of Senior lecturer Anthony Samuel, Trinity is addressing its Fairtrade status, together with the town of Carmarthen which is already a a ‘Fairtrade Town’. Anthony did his PHd on ‘community not corporate marketing’ and explained that “a place defines itself and what it can do” therefore both Trinity and Carmarthen are defining themselves with their support of Fair Trade, a message Tom Defis,  Mayor of Carmarthen reinforced as he posed for photographs with Mrunal and the organisers from Fair Trade Wales.

From Left: Anthony Samuel (Senior Business Lecturer, Trinity St Davids), Mrunal Lahankar (Certification Manager, Chetna Organics), Tom Defis (Mayor of Carmarthen), Tristan Humphreys (Campaigns Manager, Fair Trade Wales)

 

According to Prof Anthony, the Fair Trade movement in Trinity is “a grass roots movement, organically developing” but these same students are the ones leading our communities in the future, hopefully a future where all farmers will get a fair price for their products.

Annette Owen

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