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Farmers

Fighting the global crisis

How resilient are we as a society, and as individuals, when a crisis shakes the world? No matter who we are, or where we live, chances are the pandemic has transformed our life. The same applies to the farmers supplying the world’s food, whose stories often go untold.

Meet Ponisih, Caroline and Roberto and get an inside look at the challenges, fears and hopes of three farmers refusing to give up, and standing for a fair future.

This unscripted documentary series, filmed in Indonesia, Kenya and Peru, will show how their real lives evolve over half a year.

In each location, a team of local filmmakers with links to social activism is capturing what is happening. Each with a unique style, true to who they are and what they see, they have been instrumental in arriving at moving, authentic portraits.

Join us to discover what lies ahead.

This documentary and the activities are partly funded by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

For more information about Fairtrade activities on Covid-19 relief and resilience, visit Fairtrade's Covid-19 Hub.

Meet the characters

Ponisih

Indonesia

In a community on the island of Java, away from the hectic rush of cities, we meet Ponisih. A coconut sugar farmer who questions the traditional roles of men and women, and breaks away from them.  However, will she be the last one to embrace her ancestors’ farming legacy? With the side effects of a global crisis looming, it will soon be time for the next generation to carve their path and decide what’s next for the future of farming. 

Caroline

Kenya

Caroline is a strong coffee farmer who does not fit the mold of women her age in her community in Kenya, where high expectations and hopes are around women becoming mothers. However, it could also in this community that she finds a new understanding, support and purpose. 
 

Roberto

Peru

A banana farmer, local radio host, restaurant owner, family man, and friend. Roberto is many things, but above all, a pillar of strength to his community. Living in a region hard hit by the pandemic, and sometimes forgotten, his resilience and care is needed now more than ever.

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All episodes

Follow the lives of Ponisih, Roberto and Caroline as they stand up to a global crisis. You can now watch the first two episodes about each protagonist. Stay-tuned, part three coming soon.
 

Ponisih

Indonesia

Ponisih

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Episode 1

11:15
Episode 1

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Ponisih came back to her roots. She left the city.

Episode two

14:30
Episode two

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They thought they would be safe. But Covid-19 finally hit.

Episode 3

Episode 3

16 Nov

Caroline

Kenya

Caroline

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Episode 1

12:37
Episode 1

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Caroline speaks up in a community that follows tradition.

Episode 2

13:10
Episode 2

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Time has come for the first step towards Caroline's dream.

Episode 3

Episode 3

23 Nov

Roberto

Peru

Roberto

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Episode 1

11:55
Episode 1

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Roberto got infected, a turning point for his family.

Episode 2

13:55
Episode 2

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While costs of living increase, the banana prices fall.

Episode 3

Episode 3

30 Nov