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 you Do?
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.
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.