WHERE DO THE FUNDS GO?
At the start of 2014 the EATFAIR team visited the families and workers of Gumutindo coffee Co-Operative in Eastern Uganda; our second EATFAIR project. The visit enabled the team to gain a further understanding of how sales of EATFAIR products support the coffee farming families of Gumutindo.
The Gumutindo Co-Operative is made up of around 7,000 farmers (5,000 Organic farmers and 2,000 Fairtrade farmers).
The Gumutindo Co-Operative has already gained Fairtrade status therefore Compass is looking to strengthen its commitment by supporting further initiatives. These are:
‘Send a Cow’ project which provides livestock and farming training to farming families in Uganda
‘Gender Action Learning System’ (GALS). An empowerment programme that transforms and enhances gender relations.
The Co-Operative also grows “Women’s Coffee”, which highlights the work being undertaken to have greater equality between genders. Gender inequality is a problem in Uganda, with women still being seen as the ‘home-keepers’ while men sell the coffee, spend the money earnt and socialise.
Compass’ head of nutrition, Nicky Martin, joined the EATFAIR trip to Gumutindo and helped the farmers understand the nutritional benefits of consuming cow’s milk. Nicky explained how malnutrition in children is very common in the rural areas of Uganda and how the milk can be hugely beneficial to their diet.
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Gender Action Learning System (GALS)
An empowerment programme that transforms and enhances gender relations.
Send A Cow
The Send a Cow project provides families with livestock and training in natural organic farming practices.