For a Few Pesos More is a wonderful animated music video, and a perfect way to introduce people to the injustices of "Free Trade" and the alternative justice of "Fair Trade." The video was created by the British Association for Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS) in coordination with Pangea (Rome, Italy) with co-financing from the European Union.
A comprehensive teacher and facilitator guide is available for download but view this video first.
Reach And Teach discovered this great animation through the Fair Trade Resource Network in Washington D.C. and have been in touch with them and BAFTS about making it available to our web site visitors. Please consider making a donation to either of those organizations to help with their great work.
All year long the farmer tills his soil To harvest a product that’s as precious as oil One year’s work without hope or means What did he get for his coffee beans? Just three pesos, pesos just three For one year’s work and his crop of coffee.
The guy who buys his coffee doesn’t speak his lingo He’s a smooth talking, hard selling, tight-fisted gringo… If it’s cotton, bananas, cocoa and café What do you think he gets for his pay? Three thousand pesos, a thousand times three, For a quick slick chat to buy some coffee. (Repeat)
Cotton, bananas, cocoa and coffee take a month to cross the wide blue seas the London dealer gets three million clean For a two second sale on his PC screen. The sweatshop boss yells from his office: “Lay off some workers! We’re losing our profits!”, he looks at his Rolex – it’s getting late – back home to a mansion on his country estate.
3000 pesos are no longer enough; Now it starts at a million and (it) keeps going up. (Repeat)
A scientist arrives from the US of A and studies our bean in a whole new way. “Try out this spray with added genes. It’ll make it grow better – though it won’t be too clean.”
The TV ads use a famous star, who struts her stuff for a coffee jar with flying coffee beans in a sexy pose she gets a cheque with seven zeros.
One little bean of all that coffee Costs more than farmer, field and crop all three. (Repeat)
The smooth exporter… plays his trick The London trader… gets rich quick The sweatshop boss… puts his feet up The US expert… rejects his cup Manager, actress, banker, ad-man… are happier and richer than beforehand. But all the work done by the poor farm hick Earns just three pesos – and one penny tip. (Repeat)
One way we can improve the global plot is to treat people fairly and improve their lot.
Part of the world has been plundered for years by those who don’t care for their victim’s tears, the only things that turn these cheaters on are stock-exchange prices, not human lives gone. But lucky for you, in trade these days We can show you a better way out of this maze. (Repeat)
Another farmer worked a year on his lands. Instead of going to market he took power in his hands By meeting someone else, just a guy down to earth, someone who pays him what his work is worth, he knows that an hour should be paid just the same, for an ordinary farmer or a famous name. His goods are now sold in ‘Fair Trade Shops’, that pay a proper price for work and crops. (Repeat) Outside the trap of the free trade maze united in the justice of the fair trade ways. (Repeat)
Original Italian lyrics: Dario Iacobelli Italian executive producer: Marco Massa Music: Daniele Sepe Animation: Maurizio Forestieri (Graphilm, Matitaly Consortium) UK executive producer: Richard Holgarth English translation: Simon Knight Further adaptation of lyrics: Jokey Lloyd & James O’Hanlon UK singers: PaulHoward/Sarah Ross
Teacher / Facilitator Guide
Click here to download the teacher/facilitator guide with activities designed for 8-11 year olds, 11-14 year olds, and High Schoolers and adults.
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