19 December 2012

Africa: Call to Action At UN Climate Change Conference

press release

'In 2011, after attending COP 17 as part of a Fairtrade delegation, we were all hopeful that climate adaption finance mechanisms such as the Green Climate Fund would provide us with resources to better adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Unfortunately up to now, little of these resources have reached the farmers who need it most.'

Chief Adam Tampuri, cashew farmer and chairman for Fairtrade Africa, attended the United Nations climate change conference COP18 in Doha after the international community failed to keep promises made in Durban last year. Chief Adam spoke in name of all the African producers who are becoming victims of climate change.

'We asked the UNFCC and the international community to focus on adaptation as much as mitigation. We have experienced enough of the real effects of climate change, and they can no longer be avoided. We also called on businesses to make investments in climate change adaptation at farm level to ensure the sustainability of their supply chains.'

Fairtrade hosted several events during COP18 including a press conference and round table discussions.

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