Marlborough marks Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 with a visit from a Kenyan tea farmer

Written by Tony Millett on .

Patrick Kaberia Muthaura's selfie with tea bushesPatrick Kaberia Muthaura's selfie with tea bushesMarlborough is hosting a special guest from Kenya on Saturday, March 4 to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight (27 February-13 March) and to hear a producer’s perspective on the difference Fairtrade makes around the world.

Patrick Kaberia Muthaura from the Michimikuru Tea Company, Kenya, will be attending a Town Hall reception.  He will be accompanied by Harriet Gurney Hill from the Fairtrade Foundation.

Patrick, who is aged 45 and is married with three children, has been a tea and coffee farmer for 24 years. The Michimikuru tea estate - which became Fairtrade certified in 2007 - is in the Nyambene hills of eastern Kenya.  Their tea is sold in the United Kingdom by Cafedirect.

Fairtrade has made a huge difference to the lives of the tea farmers of the Michimikuru Tea Company - as well as to their families and local communities.  The scheme has enabled them to earn a stable income.   

Patrick sits on the Michimikuru co-operativer's Fairtrade Premium committee. They use profits from the premium to sponsor children so they can attend school and technical college.   And they are currently building a maternity unit.

The Company is also implementing programmes to help farmers adapt to climate change which is affecting their crops and is becoming a threat to their food security.

The Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 campaign aims to shine a light on the struggles farmers face to feed themselves and their families. 

Despite working hard every day to grow the food many of us take for granted – coffee, tea, bananas and cocoa – millions of the global economy's farmers don’t earn enough to know where their next meal is coming from.

NOTE:  Patrick Kaberia Muthaura will be speaking in the Town Hall at 6.30pm on Saturday, 4 March.  Numbers are limited - so anyone wanting to hear him and Harriet Gurney Hill should contact Dr Nick Maurice as soon as possible - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.