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Fair trade movement a good match for Marquette

fair-trade-logoThe fair trade movement looks to rectify wage inequity for developing nation farmers, teaching sustainable farming techniques and cutting out profit-oriented middlemen as much as possible. In the international market, coffee is the second most widely traded commodity in the world, yet is also an industry known for a highly impoverished developing nation labor force, with fluctuating prices and difficult economic conditions to make a significant living. Other commodities, such as cocoa, sugar and fresh fruit, are similarly subject to issues of wage inequity and destitute living conditions for farmers.

Sustainable Agriculture and Livelihood

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERARecognizing hunger as major indicator of vulnerability, CCES in partnership with communities implements a program on organic farming that will help secure supply of food for the families. This project aims to equip the farmers in vulnerable areas with appropriate knowledge on sustainable farming techniques that hopes to achieve maximum yield.

Finding alternative sources of income is also a challenge, hence farmers’ groups of women and men are now engaged in handicrafts making using the abundant supply of pandan and other indigenous resources in the communities such as nito, bamboo, abaca and rattan.