Later this week in New York, David Cameron will commit the UK to new global goals aimed at eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development. These important commitments, supported by governments worldwide (known as the Sustainable Development Goals) will come into force at the end of 2016.
So while the Prime Minister gives with one hand by committing the UK to supporting these goals, he should not be taking away with the other! The Fairtrade Foundation is campaigning to ask Mr Cameron to make sure that trade rules – such as those on sugar – support rather than undermine the goals.
Proposed changes to the EU’s sugar quota system are set to devastate disadvantaged countries that rely on sugar such as Swaziland – which will be one of the countries worst-affected by the reforms.
Alistair Leadbetter (pictured), Traidcraft’s Supplier Support Co-ordinator, visited Swazi farmers earlier this year. He says: “The sugar world is going to face some major upheavals in the next couple of years as the European and global trade regulations change and it doesn’t look too healthy for the Swazi sugar industry. This is a big problem for the Swazi economy because sugar production is one of the biggest employers in the country.”
At Traidcraft we source our fair trade sugar from farmers in Swaziland, as well as Mauritius - our customers love it! Their sugar is of the highest quality. You’ll find it in many of our products, such as our bags of White Granulated Sugar, our Stem Ginger Cookies, Chewy Fruit & Oat Cookies and Double Chocolate Cookies. Our Mauritian fair trade sugar is available in our Golden Granulated Sugar, Dark Muscovado Sugar, and Light Brown Soft Sugar.