Fairtrade Fortnight runs until the 6th March.
Fairtrade focuses on the people at the very start of the supply chain, the people who grow the ingredients that make up our food and drinks, mine our gold, grow the cotton in our clothes – people who are often invisible to us as consumers, and who are exploited and underpaid.
Fairtrade focuses on the people at the very start of the supply chain, the people who grow the ingredients that make up our food and drinks, mine our gold, grow the cotton in our clothes – people who are often invisible to us as consumers, and who are exploited and underpaid. Fairtrade is an independent certification label, part-owned by representatives of farmers and producers and makes sure these producers get a fair price for their goods by charging a Fairtrade Premium – a fixed extra sum of money paid on top of the selling price.
Shared decision-making and ownership are central principles in Fairtrade certified cooperatives. All members have a voice and vote in the decision-making process of the organisation. Members also decide collectively how to use the Fairtrade Premium.
This year, the fortnight centres on an online festival, running though the whole fortnight. There are masses of events planned, many online, including one live from Fairtrade olive farms in Palestine. Here they pick out six must-see festival highlights – register your interest on their website and they’ll send you all the info you need to join in.
✴ Monday 21st February, 1.30pm UK time: Meet the Fairtrade farmers taking on the climate crisis
✴ Monday 21st February, 7.00pm UK time: Film Screening of Farmers, The Documentary, and Q&A
✴ Wednesday 23rd February, 4.00pm UK time: Education for climate justice, with speakers including CEO of sustainable energy charity Ashden, and former Fairtrade Foundation CEO, Harriet Lamb
✴ Wednesday 23rd February, 6.00pm UK time: Show the love for the world you want – find new crafty and creative ways to get politicians in your area on side, in this workshop with the Climate Coalition
✴ Wednesday 2nd March, 6.00pm UK time: Discussion, The Unfair Climate Crisis, with musician and climate activist Louis VI, Mithika Mwenda from the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance and Namrata Chowdhary from global grassroots climate justice network 350.org.
✴ Thursday March 3rd, 6.00pm UK time: Baking Masterclass using Fairtrade ingredients with Bake Off star Sandy Docherty
Whatever you do this Fairtrade Fortnight, whether that’s tucking in to some Fairtrade chocolate, trying your first Fairtrade coffee or attending an event, we hope you enjoy it. Learn more about buying Fairtrade here