Useful Outsiders


Global shocks and the resilience of small producers

Ep. 8

In this episode, Justin Purser from Trade Aid New Zealand, speaks with two of Trade Aid’s small producer trading partners - Suita Nolasco, who works for COMSA, a sustainable coffee business in Honduras, and Gautam Mohan who works for Tea Promoters India.

We hear about how the Covid pandemic impacted their businesses, livelihoods, and communities.

Despite the major disruptions and challenges that Covid presented, it also accelerated innovation, and this episode tells a story of resilience in the face of adversity.

So grab yourself a cup of fairtrade tea or coffee, and sit back and enjoy the discussion.


Suita Nolasco, works a Commercial Assistant at COMSA, a sustainable coffee business in Honduras. She represents the farmers and promotes their work to develop long term business relationships. Suita grew up working with her dad in their coffee family farm, and believes that coffee provides the means to bring about development to her country through education.

Gautam Mohan, is the Managing Director at Tea Promoters India. Gautam works in the organic tea regions in Darjeeling, Dooars, Assam and South India. He is a specialist in growing and exporting Organic Fair Trade Teas, with a strong focus on Small Farmer Tea Cooperatives in India.

Justin Purser is the food buyer for Trade Aid New Zealand, and is responsible for managing the organisation’s trading relationships with its food trading partners around the globe. A key focus within his role is ensuring that Trade Aid maximises the value that it can channel to small-scale food producers through fair trade.


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