Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage met pupils at Brune Park School to receive a petition calling for more support to be given to small-scale banana producers.
Pupils at the school have been taking part in the ‘Make All Bananas Fair’ campaign, which aims to increase the number of Fairtrade bananas sold by both Asda and Tesco to a point where they only sell Fairtrade bananas, like other supermarket chains.
MS Dinenage visited the Gosport school, on Military Road, last week and joined them as they delivered their petition for a better deal for banana farmers to Downing Street.
This was part of the Stick with Foncho Fairtrade campaign that aims to transform the banana industry to ensure banana farmers and workers are treated fairly.
The campaign is aimed at getting as many MPs involved as possible and Ms Dinenage is going to write to ASDA and Tesco, using her influence to try and get them to stock more Fairtrade bananas.
She said: ‘It is great to see young people from our area getting involved with campaigns such as these that can improve the lives of people living across the globe.
‘I was really pleased to hear the students talk with such passion about this issue and to receive their carefully co-ordinated petition.’
Peter York, a pupil at the school, said: ‘It’s good to have some recognition from an MP.
‘She was very passionate about the idea of Fairtrade and wanted to listen to us’.
Asked what impact the MP’s visit would have on their campaign, Mark Smith, a teacher at Brune Park School, said: ‘I think it all contributes.’
The school has Fairtrade status and has previously held a Fairtrade fashion show and swimming relays with inflatable bananas.
The school is currently looking into using Fairtrade sports balls in PE and would like to open a Fairtrade Friday shop.