On 7 May 2015, Fairfood International organised a joint fundraising event with the University of Amsterdam and the International Student Network Amsterdam (ISN). During this benefit concert featuring a variety of artists, we were able to raise €1,000 for our programmes. The main aim was to create awareness for our Occupational Safety and Health programme, with a particular focus on our sugarcane project in Nicaragua combating Chronic Kidney Disease of non-traditional causes (CKDnT): a work-related epidemic sweeping through Central America.
If music be the food of love
The event was held at the urban farm Buurtboerderij Ons Genoegen in Amsterdam, which is run by volunteers from The Rainbow Group, a Dutch organisation that supports vulnerable people to help them achieve active social participation.
Fairfood used this idyllic setting to host a series of concerts by Sam John, Max Kortlander, Kirsikka Manninen, Charlie Chipchase, 44verses and Alcuna Wilds. There were also drinks and snacks served by the Fairfood fundraising team.
OSH Programme and CKDnT in Central America
The Fairfood Fiesta raised funds for our Occupational Health and Safety Programme, which aims to put pressure on food and beverage companies and governments to ensure positive change in the lives of food workers by implementing safe and healthy working conditions. We also lobby governments to put policies and practices in place in order to regulate companies and prevent human rights abuses.
Special attention was paid during the event to raise awareness about sugarcane workers in Central America who are increasingly suffering from the deadly epidemic CKDnT. This disease can be easily prevented by reducing the number of hours worked and increasing access to shade and water. We are discussing these issues with food and beverage companies throughout the entire sugarcane supply chain, as well as governments, to ensure sugar producers in various Central American countries implement wide-reaching changes.
Dying for work: CKDnT in Central America facts and figures