A visit to Shop for Change certified cotton farmers

November 11, 2009

Shop for Change and its partner International Resources for Fairer Trade recently travelled to Amravati, Maharasthra, to visit Zameen Organic’s Shop for Change Fair Trade certified cotton farmers.  We visited the homes of several farming families where we heard about the benefits that fair trade has brought them.  From stories of increased incomes to children attending school to trainings on sustainable farming methods, it was clear that fair trade was having a significant impact on the livelihoods of not only the individual farmers, but the entire community.

We were also lucky enough to attend the Annual General Meeting of one of Zameen’s farmers associations, Vidarbha Organic Farmers Association (VOFA). The event featured stalls that showcased innovative farming, speeches, awards given to farmer leaders, and a powerful cultural performance.  The meeting was attended by an estimated 2000 farmers and was a great opportunity for us to see the impact of fair trade on farmer empowerment.

Click through to see photos and read more about the people we met.

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