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MP meets to make trade fairer for Malawi farmers
AN MP is championing a fairer way to trade with farmers across the world.
Labour MP for Harrow West, Gareth Thomas, met with Frank Olok, coordinator of Malawi Fairtrade Network, to hear about the challenges facing smallholder farmers during Fairtrade Fortnight, which ran from February 25 to March 10.
The Fairtrade Foundation launched a new campaign to support the 500 million smallholder farmers who produce 70 per cent of the world's food, but make up half the world's hungry people.
Frank Olok presented a copy of the report to launch the campaign, Powering up Smallholder Farmers to Make Food Fair, to Mr Thomas.
The report says that even when smallholder farmers are producing cash crops at the sharp end of lucrative international supply chains, the global food system still fails them.
Mr Thomas said: "I am proud to be supporting Frank and the Malawi Fairtrade Network as the message they are trying to send the government is an important one. We rely on smallholder farmers for our every day food, so it is only right that we help them make a sustainable living."
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