In 2011, MADE and the Christian Muslim Forum brought together 30 young Muslims and Christians at Lambeth Palace to sign a statement calling on the UK government to take the lead in ending European Union cotton subsidies. Along with subsidies in the United States, these unfair trade rules prevent over 10 million African farmers from competing in international markets, forcing them further into poverty.
The statement was handed over to Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, the UK Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs who reaffirmed the government’s commitment to tackling the cotton subsidies.
In Brussels in 2011, due to the efforts of campaigners such as the Christian-Muslim Forum, the European Parliamentary Assemblies and European civil servants came together to debate the issue of European cotton subsidies. However, there is still a long way to go with the current economic crisis making the campaign tougher.
Buying Fairtrade cotton is one way that our campaigners are continuing their fight for cotton farmers across the world.
To keep up to date with progress visit the Fairtrade Foundation’s website
ZEENAT AZMI, AGE 25, WAS THERE!
She had the chance to speak on the panel alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and the CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation Harriet Lamb!
“This is a crucial time to renegotiate for a better deal for cotton producers in the developing world by reforming EU policies that encourage overproduction. Addressing trade injustice is essential for sustainable change in developing nations in the long term and it is in all our interests and at the core of our faith to work towards a more equal world.”
BE A COMMUNITY THAT CALLS FOR WHAT IS GOOD, URGES WHAT IS RIGHT, AND FORBIDS WHAT IS WRONG - QUR’AN 3:104