Fairtrade Fortnight 26 February – 11 March

Fairtrade Fortnight is an action-packed highlight of the year, when campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries.

One banana farmer stated, ‘For hundreds of years, we were taught to serve, to be workers. Now with Fairtrade, we are entrepreneurs’.

Millions of farmers and workers are still being ripped off despite working hard to provide the products we love. Unfairness in global trade is rooted in centuries of exploitation. Yet across the globe, hard-working producers are unravelling this legacy. They’re fighting for a fair deal, supported by Fairtrade, earning their way out of poverty and transforming their communities.

Together we’re stronger, and more people choosing, sharing and shouting about Fairtrade means more power to producers.

What can we do as Soroptimists?

It’s up to you! From breakfasts to banquets and bake-offs during Fairtrade Fortnight we can use our creativity, connections and local knowledge (not to mention effort!) to open more doors to Fairtrade.

Fairtrade would love to know what you have planned so please email them – another way that we can promote our Soroptimist work!

Resources and event packs are available to order from the Foundation’s online shop. There are many ways that we can support Fairtrade in our everyday lives. When we reach for our favourite food and drink each day without thinking about where it comes from, we may be feeding exploitation. We become part of the problem. However, we can choose to be part of the solution.

  • Your morning brew: Always look for the Fairtrade Mark on the packet, you will find a Fairtrade choice in most supermarkets.
  • Commuter coffee: Double check your usual high street coffee shop, to see if their coffee is Fairtrade certified. Remember, you have the power to make companies source sustainably through your choices.
  • From bananas, to chocolate your choice can make the difference. Look for the Fairtrade Mark, and if your local shop doesn’t stock what you want, ask them to do so.
  • Baking? You can use Fairtrade ingredients in plenty of recipes. From cocoa to sugar paste, from vanilla to icing sugar, whatever style of cake you create you can make sure it does good as well as tastes good.

Finally, in terms of advocacy, for those of us in the UK, we can lobby two ways by contacting the following groups:

Other Resources

  • Take a look at the Fairtrade Resource Library for images.
  • Product offers and samples: Invite people in with Fairtrade products. These Fairtrade-friendly companies would like to offer you products to use for tastings, stalls or other events to help invite people to come on in to Fairtrade.
  • Do you need a Fairtrade speaker? Fill in this form by 29 January at the latest.

Rayner Rees – Soroptimist Assistant Programme Director, Economic Empowerment