At the Fair Trade Auckland Power of You celebration this evening we heard from Rose, a cocoa farmer from Ghana who highlighted the many benefits the fair trade premium has brought to her village including clean water.
Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse also spoke about how much Fairtrade certified product has been consumed at Auckland Council since May 2012 (when Auckland became a Fair Trade City)
10,905kg of fairtrade coffee
2,796kg of fairtrade hot chocolate
1430 kg of instant coffee
4290kg of sugar
and a staggering 1,253,250 tea bags!
In total this has returned more than $20,000 in fair trade premiums to producers. It really shows the Power of You and the direct benefits of purchasing fair trade.