Bananas: Interview with Conrad James
Patron of the Fairtrade Foundation, George Alagiah talks to Conrad James, a banana farmer from St Lucia.
Conrad James has been selling his bananas into the Fairtrade market for over six years. His farm is 5.6 acres in size and most weeks he harvests around a hundred 18kg boxes of bananas. He has three sons, all studying or working overseas, but they help him on the farm when they are at home. He feels that Fairtrade is helping to change peoples’ way of life and is encouraging them to stay in farming rather than get jobs in other industries or leave the island altogether.