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A live link up like no other!

Posted by Luned Jones Media and Communications Officer, Wales

11th Jun 2012

Imagine the scene…the Co-operative food store in Somerton, Newport, a Skype connection to Uganda, a Fair Trade coffee farmer and John Griffiths, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development…what could possibly be happening?!

Well, with only a week before the Welsh Government's representative packs his bags to attend the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil, Oxfam Cymru together with Fair Trade Wales and the Co-operative, wanted to make sure we sent him off in style with some clear messages about what the global Sustainable Development Summit should focus on.

We did that on the shop floor of a Co-Operative shop and plugged ourselves into to a Fair Trade coffee producer in Uganda!

With one in seven people going to bed hungry every day and with a global food system in a precarious place, solutions need to be found for the future, so that everyone has enough to eat always.

Helping small-scale farmers to grow more is the best way to make sure everyone has enough to eat. Jenipher Wetaka, a coffee farmer in Uganda,  was on the other end of a Skype link and explained to John Griffiths AM, the importance of investing in farmers such as herself so that she and others can pool resources with other farmers to grow more food and secure fairer prices.

The Minister, who will be part of the UK delegation at the Rio+20 Summit next week,  was very supportive and will share the message, about the importance of small scale farmers and co-operatives, with other delegates at a conference that could be a major opportunity to put things right.  

You can add your support and stand up for small scale farmers here


Blog post written by Luned Jones

Media and Communications Officer, Wales

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