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Minutes of the Meeting of 22nd January 2022

Those present

Lesley Hatton
Sarah Moroz
Mike King
Jhon Munoz
Sheena King
Tony Thornby

Apologies

Angus Massie,
Ivan Cicin-Sain

Minutes

MK – Ed McKeon was not available for this meeting; Charley Hickey
may join later

MK – re: minutes of last meeting – no changes

MK – updates since then – there have been some brilliant things
happening.

Treasurer’s report

SK – good news – on 13th Dec Christ the Servant King church let us
know that they have given us a donation of £500. This is very welcome and encouraging and not expected. Heather said that she suggested it as SK/MK are members of CSK and she was aware that we keep them updated with our activities and that we have not been able to hold any stalls etc recently due to the pandemic.

SK sent e-mail of thanks but will also send a more formal card of
thanks.

We also received £50.87 from the Mayor’s carol concert donations
and this was made up to £61 with a few extra amounts.

Our account now stands at £762.75.

Membership subs are now due again: £15 waged, £10 concessions,
£5 students. Bank transfers are ok for payment of subs.

SK – suggests we can now pay for venue hire out of the Wycombe for
Fairtrade account

SK – is planning to hold a Traidcraft Big Brew event on Wednesday
23rd Feb 10am – 11.30am at CSK. In the past CSK said that takings
from the cafe could be given to Traidcraft Exchange. This time SK will
not ask for this due to the generous donation already given by CSK.
Suggests 10% of our account ie. £76 could be donated to Traidcraft
Exchange instead.

Mayor’s Carol Concert (12th Dec 2021)

SM – this seemed to go well and it was good to have the link up with
Lesley Clarke and Andrea Baughan. Matt and Maz were also there. A
few Covid-related arrangements were required but all went ok.

Wycombe Friends of the Earth/Population Matters/Wycombe
Environment

Update from Ivan (received after meeting): Wycombe Environment
group is promoting bee flowers and Wycombe FOE are looking into
insulation in low income homes.

IT issues

TT – re: e-mails – may need more e-mails as it is awkward for one
person to be using the group one on any particular project which
they are leading. Could have individual ones set up eg.
mike@fairtrade.co.uk etc. Could also be a group one as well.

MK – ok to keep using own private e-mails for inter-group contacts as
well. Can use the group one as a repository of documents if that is
useful. We did have a rota for the info@ address. We could go back
to this.

LH – as a church they get more contact from their Facebook page
than their website

SK – queried how to put things onto our Facebook page

LH – could do this via TT as he is one of the page admin people for
the page

TT – he could also add SK via the admin page

LH – Facebook is good for advertising events to local people (perhaps
for our generation, not so much for younger people)

JM – thinks the partnership with Grecia needs to be highlighted more
on our website. Currently it is to be found under ‘News’. Maybe if an
icon could be added so that this leads directly to anything about the
partnership.

SK – the partnership is now very active and important for our group

JM – would be good to have a separate meeting with TT/MK about
this

LH – there are links on the WFF home page but maybe the Grecia one
could be highlighted more

TT – some things on the website could be removed/updated. Need to
have more recent content from the group to put on the website

Other issues

MK – the Mayor’s carol concert was the first time the revised banner
was used and drew some favourable comments

MK – our Public Liability insurance has been confirmed by the FT
Foundation up to Nov 22

Schools link

MK – had a meeting in late Oct/early Nov with several teachers at
Highcrest and MK and SM had a more recent meeting (on 10/01/22)
with Colette Barker and several teachers. Year 8 are doing a project
on FT. CB has arranged for us to deliver assemblies in FT Fortnight.
They are also having Traidcraft stalls. MK has also been invited back
to give a talk to A-level students. CB has arranged for half the school
to visit Cadbury’s World. Highcrest have been very enthusiastic on
this project. Maria at Coope Victoria is delighted by this. When
MK/SK visit Costa Rica in May they will also be meeting with teachers
at the Liceo. A presentation that MK was going to give to the Liceo
before Christmas has been postponed due to his health issues –
hopefully this may happen in March.

JM – suggested it would be good to do a video meet-up with the
Mayor of Grecia, the Manager of Coope Victoria, Maria and others as
was done from the Mayor’s parlour in Wycombe previously.
MK – Highcrest want to put FT into the curriculum at the lower levels
and want to make Spanish the compulsory foreign language for all
the students

Fairtrade Fortnight

MK – will be delivering six 15-minute sessions for assemblies at
Highcrest plus there will be Traidcraft stalls at the school. MK sent
our FT directory to CB and she will send this out to every parent in
the school. MK will also be interviewed for a video to be put on the
school’s website and this will be available to parents.

MK – there will be a Big Brew at Christ the Servant King. Also a
churches event is being planned at The Avenue church on March 5th.
Darren is willing to be there.

SM – will try to see if there is anyone available from the FT Foundation to come on March 5th to explain the registration/reregistration process for churches.

LH – if not, she would be willing to say something about this. There
would also be a FT stall. Perhaps have a few short talks/videos etc.
10am – 1pm but people wouldn’t have to stay to whole morning. LH
has got ways to contact other churches to put out publicity. Could
put out some initial publicity this week. SK/SM and maybe Maggie to
help with this.

Link with Co-op

MK – this link was established originally by a Costa Rican lady who
works in the Community Shared Values Dept at the Co-op in
Bracknell. She went on holiday to Costa Rica and did the tour of
Coope Victoria and heard about the link with High Wycombe. She
also learnt about the article for the Journal of Fair Trade which has
now been accepted for publication. This led to a meeting between
MK/JM and various people at the Co-op. We have been invited to 4
Co-op events for FT. They were so impressed that they called our link
‘fabulous’ and have asked for another meeting. This is an amazing
opportunity. They have the same shared values as us. Darren said
that they are always on the look-out for new coffee varieties. The Coop
want to see a ripple effect going out to all the FT towns/cities and
they are willing to help.

Journal of Fair Trade

MK – is also doing some work with Tony B on a follow-up article and
has got interest from a lot of universities around the world. The
social justice and healthcare aspects which come from the premium
payments are very important. A town in South Africa is also looking
to link up with a UK FT Town

MK – is interviewing someone from CLAC tomorrow for the article.

TT – it would be good to put all these developments on our social
media. Would also be good to put the South African group in touch
with a different FT group in the UK

MK – was thinking of suggesting the Oxford group for this.

Next meeting

Tuesday 15th March – at The Avenue Church 8pm
Revised date: Tuesday 22nd March –

Steering Group Members invited to Costa Rica Orchard Festival 9th February 2022 at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

Steering Group Chairman, Mike King, and Group Member Jhon Munoz were invited by the Ambassador of Costa Rica to the UK to the official opening of the Costa Rican Orchid Festival month.  The orchids, some of the 1600 that  were native to Coast Rica, were stunning. It was a chance to renew our acquaintance with Ambassador Ortiz as well as brief him on our future activities with Grecia and CoopeVictoria.

 

FAIRTRADE AND CLIMATE JUSTICE – Key Facts from the Fairtrade Foundation

Note; This is a reprint of information available on the Fairtrade Foundation website as a PDF.

In 2022 we are continuing to highlight the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with as COP26 didn’t deliver the change needed to tackle the climate crisis.

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. The climate crisis is the biggest threat to the livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers and agricultural workers in low-income countries worldwide.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us more than ever how interconnected we are globally. This interconnection is at the very heart of the Fairtrade message and is where your role begins. Farmers need better incomes and financial support to adapt to changing weather patterns and change their farming methods to ensure a low-carbon economy. By choosing Fairtrade, you show solidarity with those on the frontline of the climate crisis. You are part of the Fairtrade movement, and you havethe power to drive long-term change, not only with your shopping choices but with your support in spreading the message.

THE PROBLEM

For generations, the exploitation of people and planet has caused extreme global inequality and a climate emergency. Fairtrade farmers have told us that climate change is their biggest challenge right now.

They are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis in the most climate vulnerable nations. Despite contributing the least to the climate crisis, smallholders in developing countries are disproportionately affected by increasingly frequent weather events, loss of fertile soil and crop diseases. The farmers that Fairtrade works with have seen their crops of coffee, cocoa, honey, and vegetables in Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua be completely devastated. At 1.1 degrees, current levels of global heating are causing communities to suffer hurricanes in Central America, floods and landslides in India, sweeping away people’s homes, destroying entire livelihoods in seconds, while swarms of locusts affect East Africa and extreme drought continues in Southern Africa. By 2050 as much as 50 percentof the global surface area currently used for coffee farming may no longer be suitable and many cocoa growing regions in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire – who produce over half of the world’s cocoa – will become too hot to grow the crop.

Farmers have fewer resources to adapt to changes in climate and other stresses they are experiencing every day. Yet we all rely on farmers to produce the food we need for a growing global population. 80 percent of the world’s food comes from 500 million family farms. With the continuing global COVID-19 pandemic, these communities also face rising debts, falling commodity prices and widespread shocks in the global supply chains. These huge challenges, alongside already low incomes, mean these communities are often unable to invest in ways to adapt to the widespread effects of a changing climate, let alone clean energy and climate-smart farming methods needed to protect the planet’s forests and help restore biodiversity.

SUMMARY: Climate change is an immediate threat to farmers’ livelihoods, and to the products we love, like chocolate, coffee and bananas. Unless we clamp down hard on global emissions, we will all suffer. As a matter of justice and a matter of science, the matter of the climate crisis cannot be delayed any longer.

WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN?

The answers to climate change exist already and farmers have a big role to play. Farmers have years of experience stewarding the land they live on; farming communities in climate-vulnerable countries already have the knowledge to create solutions and to protect the ecosystems everybody relies on. What they don’t have is the financial support to make those changes happen. Climate finance and compensation for loss and damage must reach the communities most impacted by climate change who also hold solutions to farm us away from climate catastrophe.

Doing this properly means helping farmers and workers to adapt to the current impacts as well as supporting them to switch to low carbon production and transport. That cannot happen if we’re not prepared to pay for it. We cannot expect – and it is not fair to expect – farmers to absorb the costs of more sustainable methods of farming when they’re often not even able to earn a living income or living wage and cannot even adapt to the challenges they are already seeing, because the price they receive for their produce is far too low. This needs to change – and it needs to change fast. Change by 2050 is too late. The weather is changing now.

Our global trading system is balanced in favour of the powerful few. Wealthy nations have done the most to create the climate crisis. They must deliver on their promise to invest in tackling climate change right now. The G7 summit in June 2021 was a missed opportunity for farmers and the planet.

Political leaders at COP26, despite some new pledges to curb emissions which revise projected temperature rises from 3.0 to 2.4 degrees, were also unable to commit to realistic targets to keep them to 1.5 degrees. Commitments to compensate impacted communities for loss and damage due to extreme weather were also notable in their absence from the final agreement.

At the same time, the prices that businesses pay for the crops behind some of our favourite foods need to increase significantly if farmers are to escape poverty and still have the means to adapt to economic and environmental shocks. Governments must set ambitious, science-based rules and targets that will ensure that the businesses who profit the most from global trade invest in reducing their carbon footprint, and support those experiencing the harshest effects right now. We needbusinesses to go further in committing to fair pricing, long-term partnerships and investment in adaptation with farming communities as well as transparency on carbon emissions and climate risks throughout their supply chains. As global trade changes in ways we could only have imagined before the pandemic, poverty will also continue to be a key contributor to further environmental degradation as farmers are forced to make harder choices.

SUMMARY: Farmers in climate vulnerable countries need empowerment, fair value, fair prices, and fairer trading practices to resource the investment needed for mitigation, adaptation, diversification and resilience in the face of the climate crisis. And we can’t rely on global summits and governments to take action fast enough to solve the climate crisis. Ahead of COP27, we must build pressure on governments to keep 1.5 alive. By doing so, we stand in solidarity with people in climate vulnerable nations who will be most impacted by temperature rises.

HOW DOES CHOOSING FARTRADE SUPPORT FARMERS FACING THE CLIMATE CRISIS NOW?

Fairtrade is about social justice. Poverty, caused in part by decades of chronic underpayment, is a root cause of inability to adapt and mitigate to climate change. Poverty prevents smallholder farmersfrom developing their businesses: this fuels a vicious cycle of low productivity and declining incomes. The less farmers earn, the harder it is to secure good harvests. All this leaves them financially unable

to face up to the challenges of climate change. Choosing Fairtrade means choosing improvements in farmers’ livelihoods with collective strength through co-ops and their bargaining power, the protection of a minimum price and Fairtrade Premiums. More money means more climate resilience into the future.

While the money paid to farmers remains low, they will continue to struggle to cover just their basic human rights; a nutritious diet, their children’s education and family healthcare, let alone find extra funds to pursue climate friendly farming, or to protect themselves and their harvests from extreme weather. In 2019, Fairtrade launched an ambitious new living incomes campaign to lead the way to a sustainable future for cocoa farmers. A living income would provide farmers with a decent standard of living – enough to cover all their cocoa farming costs and enough to cover their basic human rights.

Fairtrade works on many levels to strengthen environmental and climate protection for farmers and workers and is committed to finding new ways to support them with the challenges of climate change. Governments can do much more to incentivise businesses to support farmers with finance, fair prices and other assistance to adapt. The exploitative global trade system continues to give disproportionate power to wealthy nations. It’s time for our politicians to recognise their responsibilities and ensure the investment reaches these communities so that they can deliver the solutions. Fairtrade farmers are already implementing projects on climate change. They are learningto adapt, mitigate and become more resilient, working with specific groups, like youth and women and creating sustainable solutions to the climate crisis. But this can only be sustained and increased by working in partnership with them so that they can invest in the projects, training and technology they need. This is why Fairtrade is engaged at political level and in alliances together with other civil society players for more environmental and climate protection. Politicians must listen to and respect farmers’ expertise, needs and ambitions. The people who produce our food and goods seethe reality of the climate crisis every day – they must take a leading role in deciding how any investment is spent.

SUMMARY: Our trading system is weighted against low-income farmers. The prices paid for the crops behind some of our favourite foods need to increase significantly in order for farmers to escape the cycle of poverty and still have the means to adapt climate emergencies. Now more than ever, they need fair pay, fair prices and fairer trading practices.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Choosing Fairtrade is one simple decision UK shoppers and businesses can make to stand with farmers and workers on the frontline of the climate crisis. Fairtrade works with farmers to strengthen environmental and climate protection, to provide resources, training and knowledge so they can face climate challenges right now.
  • It’s up to all of us – citizens, farmers, workers, businesses, and civil society organisations to come together to play our part in cutting emissions and build pressure for climate promises to be delivered at COP27 next year. Join us in Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 to show support for those who depend on the land – farmers, workers, miners – and join their outraged voices, by sharing their concerns and campaigning to achieve the change we want to see for the planet. Fairtrade Fortnight 2022’s Choose the World you Want festival, will continue to amplify the voices of farmers and workers, the steps they are already taking to fight the climate crisis, and highlight the role of businesses, shoppers, governments and citizens in supporting them to win the fairer future that we all know they deserve.

SUMMARY: Choose Fairtrade this Fairtrade Fortnight and beyond; choose to fight for climate justice, for farmers on the front line of climate change, for our planet and for future generations. Choose the world you w

Wycombe For Fairtrade activities: Fairtrade Fortnight 21 February – 5 March 2022

Confirmed events, activities, and presentations wholly or jointly organized by Wycombe for Fairtrade , or invited to attend by external organizations.

DayDateTimeEventOrganiser / Location
Monday21st Feb9:30 amFairtrade BreakfastBucks New University, High Wycombe
Monday21st Feb2pm – 4pmCo-op Shared Values Fairtrade eventCoop – Northcote Road, Clapham Food Store, (Battersea)
Wednesday23rd Feb10 am – 11:30 amBig Brew Fairtrade Stall & Quiz – Open Door CafeChrist the Servant King Church, Booker
Friday25th FebNoonCoop Shared Values Fairtrade eventBourne End store
Monday28th Feb8:45amFairtrade Assembly Year 11Highcrest Academy
Monday28th FebNoonCoop Shared Values Fairtrade eventCoop – Reading University
Tuesday1st March8:45amFairtrade Assembly Year 10Highcrest Academy
Wednesday2nd Mar8:45amFairtrade Assembly Year 7Highcrest Academy
Wednesday2nd Mar1pmFairtrade Assembly Year 8Highcrest Academy
Thursday3rd Mar8:45amFairtrade Assembly Year 9Highcrest Academy
Friday4th Mar8:45amFairtrade Assembly 6th FormHighcrest Academy
Saturday5th Mar10am – 3pmWycombe Churches promotionAvenue Methodist Church & Wycombe for Fairtrade

Mike King

Chairman, Wycombe for Fairtrade

Core Values

Cooperative Community Shared Values and Member Pioneer promotion events – Fairtrade Fortnight 2022

Nelson Mandela

As Nelson Mandela said “I would have thought that people who subscribe to the same values, who share a common vision & who accept each others integrity have laid the basis for a good relationship.”

Wycombe for Fairtrade is building strong links with the Co-Op Member Pioneer and Community Shared Values division because we have found that we do indeed have shared values when it comes to fair trade.

During Fairtrade Fortnight 2022, the Co-Op is running ‘shared value’ events which reflect the Coop’s huge support for the Fairtrade movement.  These are “in-house” events but Wycombe For Fairtrade have been invited to 3 separate Co-Op store events which are designed to raise the profile of Fairtrade to the public.

Wycombe For Fairtrade have backed up our shared community values with action and our objectives coincide exactly with those of the Co-op.  Members of our steering group have accepted invitations to attend the following events because we think that the Cooperative Stores’ experience, knowledge and resources, could benefit us in ideas to expand our public face and maybe energize us to reach a wider audience.

The event on 21st February 2022 at their “Flagship store” in Battersea is both national and London focused.  It will be attended by Mike King and Tony Thornby of the Wycombe for Fairtrade steering group.  Mike hopes that networking at this event will advance our cause to get Coope Victoria coffee roasted in the UK either for Co-op in-house roasted coffee, or from one of their independent roasters, and to progress the idea producing a Grecia/Wycombe Fairtrade Partnership Town blend in the future.

Bourne End event on 25th February 2022 is a local area promotional Fairtrade Community Shared Values event.  It will be attended by Mike King.

The Reading University event on 28th February 2022 is the regional promotion location for the Southern Counties. Appropriate Coop food supply chain and food purchasing managers will be present to network with. Wycombe for Fairtrade steering group attendees of this event will be Mike King and Sarah Moroz: Sarah did her PhD at Reading University.

Orchid on Costa Rica coffee plantation

Wycombe for Fairtrade Steering Group Members invited to prestigious event by the Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica

As a result of international connections formed by Wycombe for Fairtrade, its member (Jhon Munoz) and its steering group chairman (Mike King) have been invited to a reception on Wednesday 9th February 2022 to celebrate the opening of Orchids at Kew Gardens. This is being held in the Princess of Wales Conservatory within the Royal Botanic Gardens.

The event will explore the incredible biodiversity and rich culture of Costa Rica at their 26th annual orchid festival. It will showcase stunning horticultural and artistic installations and reveal how Kew scientists are collaborating with experts in Costa Rica to understand the country’s wonderful plant life.

See more details at https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/kew-orchid-festival

Minutes of the Meeting of 23rd November 2021

LOCATION

The Avenue Methodist Church, Rutland Avenue

THOSE PRESENT

Lesley Hatton
Sheena King
Mike King
Sarah Moroz

APOLOGIES

Ivan Cicin-Sain
Andrea Baughan
Ed McKeon
Jhon Munoz
Angus Massie

MINUTES

MK – no corrections/additions required to minutes of last meeting (19/10/21)

International Fair Trade Towns Conference

MK – all the sessions were recorded (including the feedback sessions). It was very well organised.

High Wycombe/Grecia/Coope Victoria link

MK – showed the revised banner. The website addresses are now included at the bottom of the banner and the flags of the 2 countries are not cut off at the sides.

Council flower bed

MK – Andrea raised this issue with Lesley Clarke who then contacted 2 people at Bucks Council but the next opportunity for having a FT- themed flower bed won’t be until 2023 as the Queen’s Platinum jubilee is happening in 2022.

Mayor’s carol concert

MK – SM/MK are meeting Lesley Clarke on 02/12/21 at the Front Room cafe to discuss catering arrangements for the carol concert (SK/LH/Maggie and Claudia are also able to help).

MK is also planning to ask LC re: procurement policies of Bucks Council (re: sustainability etc)

Wycombe Friends of the Earth/Population Matters etc

MK – Ivan reported that Population Matters, High Wycombe, are having their AGM on 28/11/21 at 3pm.

The Wycombe Environment group (part of the High Wycombe Community Board) currently run a ‘Repair Cafe’ on the 2nd Saturday of the month at All Saints parish church.

The Wycombe Environment Centre is now being run by Frances Alexander’s daughter. They are moving premises at the moment.

SM – will try to get in touch with Fay Ewing at Wycombe Environment group. (LC is Deputy Chair of the High Wycombe Community board).

MK – we should also be promoting local food producers.

MK – went to the last Bucks Climate Action Alliance meeting and some members of Wycombe FOE went to Glasgow for COP26. MK/SK attended the Wycombe FOE day of action – during which some members of the public were interviewed

Fairtrade Foundation webinar on 17/11/21

MK – joined this webinar – it was about the re-definition of the goals required to gain FT Town status. The webinar is being repeated on Thursday this week (25th Nov) and SM has signed up for this.

Schools link

MK – Colette has made contact with Laura in Grecia. A preliminary session was held with 6th – formers and then a first joint lesson.

Other meetings etc

MK – went to a meeting of the Environmental, Sustainability and FT committee at Bucks New Uni on 8th Nov.

MK – has also been in touch with Darren at Kingdom Coffee. Masteroast had their 40th anniversary and invited the High Commissioner of Costa Rica. Darren is going to suggest some dates in January to meet up – it would be good if JM could be there as well.

MK – Bruce Crowther was making the case for a northern FT mark.

MK – has been in contact with a lady involved with FT ‘golden berries’ from South America re: interviews for his 2nd article for the Journal of Fair Trade Plans for FT Fortnight

LH – is planning an event to take place for local churches on a Saturday morning on the theme of FT. Possibly 12th February (prior to FT Fortnight)

SM – will contact the FT Foundation to see if they have anyone who could come and give a talk on what is involved in registering/re-registering.

SK – maybe Darren would like to come as well.

Next meeting

January – date TBC at The Avenue Church or Zoom, as a back-up