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Our Co-op has donated £50,000 to support our Fairtrade farmers affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, this is in addition to the £50,000 we donated to Co-operatives UK emergency appeal, to fund development in the most in-need countries.
As the recent hurricanes lashed the Caribbean, we have remained in contact with our Fairtrade banana and cocoa farmers in Dominican Republic, to show them our support. As the hurricanes passed, and Oxfam assessed the damage, we agreed with our partners, The One Foundation, an immediate £50,000 donation from Co-op water sales to support the devastated regions in the north of the island.
The donation will address the immediate requirement to recover water provisions, sanitation and hygiene for the affected families of our three banana producer groups, as well as support 1500 families across the five regions most affected by the hurricanes.
Whilst some 50% of the producers’ banana crops were wiped out, thankfully, our Fairtrade cocoa farmers, based on the south side of Dominican Republic, escaped the devastation.
We continue to work with The One Foundation on targeting Co-op water generated donations into our own producers and this latest response builds on the previous £50,000 that our Co-op has committed to the Co-operatives UK wider disaster appeal.
Fairtrade Strategy Manager