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World banana trade in spotlight
A speaker on the challenges facing banana growers in St Lucia is visiting Jersey for Fairtrade Fortnight.

Simeon Green, of the Windward Island Banana Industry, came to Jersey last year to present the island with Fairtrade island certificate.

Jersey had to meet several criteria including making Fairtrade goods widely available.

Mr Green will be talking to schools about the campaign and the difficulties facing banana growers across the world.

The programme begins on Tuesday with a cheese and wine tasting evening at St Brelade's Parish Hall.

On Wednesday an information booklet about the island's Fairtrade group, what it has done and the choice of products, will be launched at the Durrell Conservation Trust.

This will be followed by a tea party at St Brelade's Church Hall organised by the Soroptimists.

The fortnight will finish with a How to Cook at University session for the students at Jersey College for Girls, hosted by Vicky Bhogal.

The island of Jersey has been officially recognised as a Fairtrade island by the Fairtrade Foundation.

It is the result of pressure from Fair Trade Jersey, an organisation which has promoted goods such as coffee and tea in the island.

To achieve international recognition as a Fairtrade island, Jersey had to meet several criteria.

Most importantly, Fairtrade goods had to be widely available in the island's shops and supermarkets.

'Addresses injustices'

They are goods which have been produced fairly, ensuring that farmers in poorer countries get a reasonable deal on what they produce.

Ed le Quesne who has been campaigning for Jersey to get Fairtrade status, said he was "very happy" with the news, which comes just before Fair Trade fortnight.

Jersey's Bailiff, Sir Philip Bailhache, launched the campaign for the island to become a place supporting the sale of Fairtrade products, such as tea, coffee, chocolate, wines and juices, in 2003.

The Fairtrade Foundation said: "Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers.

"It enables them to improve their lot and have more control over their lives."




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