Smallholder farmers and marginalised workers in developing countries are at the frontline of current and projected climate change impacts. Often reliant on the land for their living and with limited technological and financial resources, they are least able to adjust to changes in temperature and precipitation.
We therefore call for changes to the way we do trade and business to respect farmers, workers and our planet, in particular:
- First and foremost, products to be bought on Fair Trade terms so that farmers and workers are paid fairly and can fulfil their fundamental human right to an adequate standard of living.
- Trade deals, policies and measures to coherently support human rights, Fair Trade principles and climate action.
- Governments to ensure that response measures aimed at mitigating climate change in Scotland and in other rich countries do not have an adverse impact on lower income countries.
- The world’s richest countries to partner with lower income countries in their efforts to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change, including through the provision of adequate climate finance.
- Farmers and workers from developing countries who have thus far been most affected by climate change to be fully involved in and heard at climate talks.