All these products reach our homes as a result of trade.
Trade and Chocolate
All these products reach our
homes as a result of trade.
Martin Luther King once said….
In the morning we
provided for us by
a South American,
or tea by a
Chinese, or cocoa
by a west African.
Before we leave for
our jobs we’re
already indebted to
more than half the
What do we know about
Each on of these statements are
In the last 10 years the price of
a bar of chocolate has doubled,
but the price of cocoa beans has
halved. A bar of chocolate here
costs roughly what a cocoa
farmer in Ghana earns in a
month. Most cocoa farmers and
their children have never tasted
Some companies make
more money than entire
countries. In 1998 the
world’s five largest
companies made more
money than the combined
incomes of the worlds 46
One pair of jeans is usually made in
more than 10 different countries eg
• using cotton for denim from
• copper for rivets from Namibia,
• cotton for pockets from Pakistan,
• wire for zips from Japan,
• pumice for treating denim from
• labour for sewing jeans in
1.3 billion people live on
less than 70p per day.
World trade has been
expanding rapidly for the
benefit of richer countries
like ours, but poorer
countries gain less and
less- yet the majority of
people live in the
What do we know about
chocolate and trade?
On average every person eats
7.5kg every year
75x100g bars per year.
How the chocolate bar reaches
consumer pays £1 for the bar
The shop keeper takes 28P
The tax collector takes 25P
The chocolate company takes 40p
Leaving only 7p for the Cocoa farmer.
Problems faced by cocoa farmers.
Low prices and lack of support from government (
it often costs more to produce than what they
low safety standards
Debts ( producers have no choice but to borrow
Poor diet,, health care and education ( children
often have to work to support families)
Lack of control ( producers feel powerless as world
markets control prices
Is there an alternative?
Fortunately Fair trade means that
there is another option
Fair trade means paying producers a
fair price for what they produce.
we can recognise these fair trade
produce by the quality mark. There
are now over 150 items which carry
What differences does it make?
guaranteed better prices which enable
producers to improve the quality of their
Improved safety standards
Improved environmental standards
secure contracts so the producers have to
Regular income to help improve diet,
health care and education.
Producers have more say and more
control over their lives.
What we can do.
Together we can make a real difference to the lives of
the producers by buying fair trade products. We can
recognise these products by the quality sign.
An average 16 year old in Britain will spend £1,000,000
during his/her lifetime. Their choices count.
Every time you go shopping the choices your family
makes can have a real impact on others.
The message is simple. Think before you buy.
Our school has a fair trade working
We have a whole school policy
Visitors to school receive fair trade
coffee and tea
In classes children have learnt about
We also have our fair trade tuck
This academic year you have
purchased over £3650 of Fair
This means that you have
helped the lives of hundreds of
We have been able to make some profit
from the tuck shop and it has been
decided by the action group that it
should be shared equally to our partner
schools in Africa.
Igwamiti primary and Mwekera schools
both benefitted from additional
playground equipment and board
games and so will Airport international
Its not about charity!
Its about making the world
a fairer place to live!
A better place to live!
This week we have a visitor in school , a teacher from
our partner school in Ghana.
His students have been learning about Fair Trade and
have made fair trade bracelets.
They have also been busy making a film about
importance of fair trade which we will share with you
later in the year.
These will be available to buy this week in school
along with our usual tuck shop products. The children in
the school who made the beads will benefit directly from
their sale and will get a fair price for their work.
Separately We are also holding a non uniform day, with a
donation of 50p. If we all take part then we could raise
over £300 to help support education in our partner school
The money raised will help purchase a computer to help our
partnership grow. It will allow children from both schools
to communicate more easily and share learning
Please do what you can to help this week