Fairtrade launches climate-focused partnership, urges COP26 to do more

The announcement, which comes as global leaders, climate activists and international organisations meet at the ongoing 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), commits Fairtrade and Grow Ahead to support reforestation (agroforestry) projects at Fairtrade-certified producer organisations as part of their climate adaptation and mitigation efforts.

The two organisations said they will work together to deliver comprehensive climate mitigation solutions to small-holder farmers through targeted agroforestry efforts.

It is significant because organisations and companies will need polices in place to meet forthcoming EU legislation on the deforestation impact of imported commodities.

While global leaders meet in Glasgow, Fairtrade and Grow Ahead are committing to tangible efforts in delivering concrete solutions for those made most vulnerable by climate change​,” said Dr Nyagoy Nyong’o, Global CEO of Fairtrade International.

As the recent Fairtrade and Climate Change report made clear, the threat to the future of our planet’s farmers and agricultural workers is very real and very severe. The time to stop talking and take action is now and that’s exactly what this partnership does​.”

In kicking off the partnership, Grow Ahead is raising funds to support a project with Ghana-based Fairtrade-certified cocoa producer Kuapa Kokoo to plant 150,000 timber tree species and 30,000 fruit trees, reforesting 11,942 acres over an initial two-year period. The reforestation effort, known as the Agroforestry and Cocoa in Ghana project, will work with 2075 farmers across 25 communities in the Offinso municipality of Ghana and has the stated goal of reforesting cocoa farms and farmlands to create microclimates, reducing the impact of climate change on cocoa farmers. 

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