Toiny Monaghan is a volunteer at the Scottish Fair Trade Forum
1. When did you first find out about Fair Trade?
I came to know about Fair Trade through my interest in international trade issues a long while ago and reading about farmers struggles to make a living in developing countries. My interest was further enhanced through my studies in International Development and my voluntary work at the Forum.
2. Why do you think Fair Trade is important?
Without fair Trade many hard working producers and farmers will be exploited in the international trading system. The farmers work hard to produce food that we put on our tables. It is thus fair and just to reward them for all their efforts. Fairtrade is a channel where famers can earn a decent income for their families and communities. Most importantly to extend the principle of fairness and social justice.
3. What are you doing for Fairtrade Fortnight this year?
I will include as many fair trade products in my shopping basket, and attending many fair trade events. My highlight will be joining Notre Dame Primary School for their Fair Trade Breakfast Café hosted by primary 5 pupils for primary 1 pupils to mark Fair Trade Fortnight. Money raised will go to S.C.I.A.F .