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Pupils go bananas to help farmers

Pupils at East Rainton Primary School has a Fairtrade Day on Friday, with everyone wearing yellow to support banana farmers

Pupils at East Rainton Primary School has a Fairtrade Day on Friday, with everyone wearing yellow to support banana farmers

CHILDREN are going bananas at a city school to support farmers.

Children at East Rainton Primary School held a Fairtrade Day to highlight the problems facing people in the banana industry.

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, an international campaign – Stick with Foncho – was launched, aimed at transforming the banana industry to ensure the millions of struggling banana farmers and workers, get a fair deal.

To support the campaign, all the children at the Sunderland school wore yellow and donated £1 each, which will be sent to the Fairtrade Foundation.

Sarah Watson, a member of staff at the school, said: “Everyone signed a petition to ask the Government to try to stop unfair supermarket pricing for Fairtrade products in Britain.

“To support the Stick with Foncho campaign, all the children ate a Fairtrade banana.”

Ms Watson said during the day the school council ran a Fairtrade tuck shop, selling items to other youngsters and staff.

She added: “In the afternoon, children completed banana-related activities to help them learn about the problems facing banana farmers.”

Bananas are one of the most important foods for both consumption and trade, the fourth-biggest food staple in the world.

However, just five corporations control about 80 per cent of the sales on the banana import market worldwide, making it very difficult for small farmers and workers on the plantations to earn a living, often working 12-14 hours a day.

 

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