[30 November/Fruitnet]

The International Fair Trade Movement has called on the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to introduce transparent, fair and binding mechanisms for trade justice in order to achieve climate justice in their negotiations at COP24 conference being held in Poland. More than 500 million small-scale farms provide over 80 per cent of the food consumed in the Global South. They, along with rural workers, are among the groups most affected by the devastating impacts of climate change. The International Fair Trade Movement’s Policy Paper, “Trade Justice: A key component of building smallholder farmers’ climate resilience”, outlines five concrete steps needed to urgently transform the global economic system so that it works for people and planet: transparency & binding regulation; financial support; farmer-focused training and technical expertise; investment into agronomical research; and tax justice.   Fairtrade International said that smallholder farmers are on the front line of climate change and they need large scale action to enable them to respond to the increasing crop failures, water shortages and natural disasters that they are facing.