Members of a NSC trip to Nicaragua with fair trade coffee producer Pedro Sanchez. Credit: Karen Lawson

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Co-operatives and fair trade: the Nicaraguan exampleFind out more by visiting Nicaragua with the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign! 28 June – 13 July, 2013

Since the 1980s co-operatives and fair trade have played a significant role in shifting the balance of political and economic power in favour of Nicaraguan small farmers. They have brought a real alternative to the exploitative agro-export model, providing greater direct access to markets and finance, empowering women, and making trade fairer through taking control over more links in the production chain.

‘We have benefited a lot from NSC’s exchange programme between Nicaragua and the UK. This has been a very positive initiative, because we get to know and understand each other, see our different visions and share our common goals. ‘ Union of Agricultural Cooperatives SOPPEXCCA

Participants will:

• Live and work with families of co-op members producing fairtrade sesame or coffee

• Visit co-ops in other parts of Nicaragua ranging from transportation to shrimp production, from the farming of sesame and peanuts to the processing and marketing of coffee.

* Find out about Nicaragua and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA) and how Nicaragua’s fair trade agreement with Venezuela works

• Enjoy Nicaragua’s cities, coasts, lakes, volcanoes, cloud forests

How much will it cost?
Ground and organisational costs £750, including accommodation, transport, all meals, interpreting/accompaniment in Nicaragua and preparation in the UK.
Flights, airport taxes and insurance are additional.

There will be a minimum of six and a maximum of ten people in the group.

Deadline for registrations 30 April.

Further information: campaigns@nicaraguasc.org.uk Tel: 020 7561 4836, http://www.nicaraguasc.org.uk facebook nicaragua solidarity