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Students take banana battle to parliament

STUDENTS from a Gosport school visited Westminster to hand in a petition for a better deal for banana farmers.

MP for Gosport Caroline Dinenage welcomed students from Brune Park Community School and headed up to Downing Street with them.

The petitions came as part of the ‘Stick with Foncho’ Fair Trade campaign that aims to transform the banana industry to ensure workers get a fair deal.

Caroline said: ‘I fully support this excellent campaign to lift farmers and workers around the world out of poverty.

‘These campaigns make a real difference so it’s fantastic to see children taking an interest in the world around them at such a young age, and doing what they can to help those in need.

‘Thanks to the work of campaigners like these students, Fair Trade has taken off in the UK.’

Foncho is a banana farmer from Colombia who was trapped in poverty before his co-operative was certified as Fairtrade.

He is now working to help banana farmers and workers around the world to get a fair deal for their produce.

For more information visit foncho.fairtrade.org.uk.

 

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