This is Merling Preza, a small-scale coffee farmer from Nicaragua, who I met at the Fairtrade Foundation. She describes how families are torn apart with no jobs locally, so that young people migrate to Mexico and the USA, sending money home. The fair trade market gives a living wage, so she asked me to tell consumers here that “behind every product is a family.”
It is not just coffee, as you will know. One in four bananas now sold in the UK is fair trade certified.